Whether you’ve recently adorned your kitchen with beautiful granite countertops or your home has had them for years, it’s important to protect your investment. Although granite is one of the most durable materials you can install in your home, it must be carefully maintained in order to look its best in the years to come. In today’s post, we’ll explain everything you need to know in order to keep your granite countertops looking like they did the day they were installed.
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Granite countertops are known for being durable and low-maintenance, but they will need to be sealed regularly in order to remain that way. Just like marble, limestone, and other porous stones, granite has the potential to soak up spills and become stained. Sealing your granite will not only make it much more difficult for water, wine, and other liquids to discolor your beautiful countertops, but it will also protect the finish and gloss. The quality of the sealant used will determine how often your countertops need to be sealed. While some sealants claim to protect granite countertops for several years, you should plan on resealing your countertops at least once each year to ensure that they stay as protected as possible. If you’re wondering if it’s time to reseal, try placing a few drops of water on the surface of your counter. Your sealant is fine if the water beads immediately, but if you see that the water is being absorbed by the granite, then you should strongly consider resealing your countertops.
Immediately Clean Spills
No matter how strong your countertop’s sealant is, granite is susceptible to stains and damage from spills. While water probably won’t be as noticeable as coffee or wine, you should always clean up a spill as fast as possible in order to prevent any damage from occurring. You should be especially careful when handling acidic liquids such as grapefruit and orange juice around granite, as the acids can easily make your granite look dull and etched.
Use Coasters and Cookware
While the primary reason for using coasters is to prevent condensation from creating pools of water on your granite countertops, the secondary reason has to do with protecting the surface from dents and scratches. While it is unlikely that you or a guest will set a glass down hard enough to cause damage, it’s always good practice to use coasters around expensive and sensitive furnishings.
If you do a lot of cooking in your kitchen, then you should plan on purchasing cutting boards, hot pads, and trivets in order to protect your countertops. Granite is tough, and while it will be fine in most cases to set a hot pan directly on the surface, dust, dirt, and other particles trapped between your granite and the pan can create scratches. Moreover, it’s possible for granite to crack due to thermal shock, so you should get into the habit of placing any hot items in the kitchen on a trivet or cooling rack. Purchasing a few pieces of cookware is certainly cheaper than paying for granite repairs!
Check Your Cleaning Products
Many Americans are turning to green, eco-friendly options like vinegar for kitchen cleaning, but granite countertops are one element of the home that requires specialty cleaning products. As mentioned above, acidic substances are some of the most damaging compounds that can come into contact with Marble, and many common household cleaning products are manufactured using highly acidic compounds. If you’re not sure about which cleaning product is right for your home and lifestyle, just give Affordable Granite & Cabinetry Outlet’s experts a call! We’ll happily help you find a product that keeps your countertops protected and looking great.
At Affordable Granite & Cabinetry Outlet, we know how important it is to protect your investment. We hope that these tips will help you prolong the life of your granite countertops. If you have any questions about your countertops, maintenance techniques, or if you are thinking about installing granite in your home, come by our Newburgh showroom or get in touch with us through our website. We’ve helped hundreds of Newburgh residents find a style of granite that fits perfectly with the rest of their home. We offer free estimates, so don’t hesitate to outfit your home with the granite countertops of your dreams! We look forward to working with you.