How to Care for Granite Countertops

Caring for granite countertops is much like caring for anything else–with time and attention you can maintain the luxurious look of your granite without much difficulty. Routine daily upkeep can address most issues before they develop into major problems.

Be a self-cleaning cook. Wipe up drips and spills immediately, don’t give them time to set, especially cooking oil of any kind as it may stain otherwise. Wine, coffee, fruit juices and sodas tend to be corrosive on stone surfaces due to their acidic compounds; however, these items generally won’t harm granite, but there’s no need to take chances.

A soft touch is all it needs. For most general cleaning purposes hot water and a sponge or soft cloth such as microfiber is enough. Specially formulated stone cleaners are recommended over dish soap for any major cleanings. Avoid using generic cleaners such as bleach, glass cleaner, or other general use cleaners made with harsh acids and alkalis as they degrade the sealer of your granite. Also avoid using any cleaners with abrasives as they can dull your finish.

Pamper the tough stuff. Just because granite is strong enough to withstand the heat from a pot removed from the stove doesn’t mean that it isn’t a good practice to use trivets and hot pads. The same goes for using cutting boards. Granite is tough enough to endure the punishment, but heavy use regularly in the same spot can eventually result in surface damage over time—though it is worth noting that this kind of damage might result only after quite a bit of time for the stone itself if there is an epoxy resin sealing the stone, that is what will be ruined.

Give it a new coat. When water splashed on the surface does not bead up, it is time to re-seal the countertop. Granite is naturally porous, and it is only the added sealer that keeps your countertop water resistant and looking spectacular. All granite comes with manufacturer recommendations for how often to re-seal. It is best to follow the guidelines provided than wait for visible signs of wear.

Call in the professionals. Should any cracks or chips occur, consult with a professional. They can determine if buffing, sealing, or replacement is necessary.

Contact us or call us at 336-375-5672 for a variety of granite selections from standard to exotic options to create your ideal kitchen countertops. We service Greensboro, High Point, Winston Salem, and the Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina.

 

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How to Clean and Maintain Your Granite Countertops

When you choose granite, you are choosing a beautiful and long-lasting natural stone that will enhance the appearance of your home. Granite countertops are a wise investment for both kitchens and bathrooms. Using proper cleaning techniques is important to keep your counters well maintained and looking their best.

The best way to clean your granite countertops on a daily basis is with a soft cloth and warm soapy water. Rinse your counters with water and buff with a soft towel. There are some specialty cleaners available that are deigned specifically for granite. Never use harsh or abrasive cleaners as they can scratch or etch the stone. Do not use cleaning agents that contain acidic ingredients, such as vinegar.

It is important to wipe up any spills as soon as possible. The longer that a contaminant sits on the surface, the better chance that it will dull the finish or etch your granite. Use coasters under your drinks to protect the surface from soda. Always use a cutting board when preparing food. Never drag appliances or other items across your countertop. Following these simple steps will ensure that your granite countertops look beautiful for years to come.

Your granite countertop should be properly sealed. While it is not foolproof protection, it will resist moisture more readily than an unsealed surface. When water no longer beads up on the surface, it is a good indication that it is time to apply sealant. Your countertop fabricator will give you more information regarding the specific sealant used on your countertop and when it should be resealed.

Affordable Stone in Greensboro, NC is the area’s leader in granite countertops for kitchens and bathrooms. We are conveniently located to serve High Point, Winston Salem, Burlington, and Kernersville. Contact us today for a free quote!

 

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Frequently Asked Questions About Granite

With so many options for countertops, bathroom vanities and tiling for the home, it can be difficult to choose the right material for your family.  There is so much information and misinformation available about granite and natural stone that we have compiled some frequently asked questions to help you in your search.

Does granite burn?

No–You can place a hot pot or pan directly on your granite countertop without worry.

Does granite stain?

No—Because granite is not very porous, it will generally not stain.  Sealed granite is virtually impossible to stain.

How do I know if my granite needs to be resealed?

One method to check if your granite needs to be sealed is to sprinkle some water on the countertop.  If the water does not bead up and soaks into the stone, you know it is time to reseal.

Will my granite chip or scratch?

Granite is very durable and dense.  Under normal conditions, your countertop will not chip or scratch.  Should damage occur, Affordable Surface Products will repair or diminish the look of the damaged areas.

What is the best way to care for granite?

You can usually clean your granite with warm, soapy water.  If you need something stronger, make sure you use cleaners specifically formulated to be safe for granite.

How long will my granite countertop last?

With very little maintenance and care, your granite countertops should last a lifetime.

Where does granite come from?

Granite is a natural stone that makes up 70-80% of the Earth’s crust.  It is quarried all over the world.  We get the majority of our granite from Italy, Brazil, India, Spain, France, China, and the USA.

Can I use granite outdoors?

Yes—Granite will look great no matter where it is used.  It can withstand extreme temperatures and unpredictable weather situations.

Should I be worried about radon?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that granite countertops pose no significant health risk.   Find out more at http://www.epa.gov/radiation/sources/index.html#construction.

Affordable Surface Products of Greensboro, NC offers large array granite countertops, vanities, and tiles to match any décor.  Visit our showroom, conveniently located to serve Winston-Salem, High Point, and Kernersville.

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