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.