How do I maintain my granite countertops?

From on April 01, 2008 in Tools and Tips

Granite Countertop Maintenance

Granite countertops are among the most beautiful and durable countertops on the market. The hardness, scratch resistance, and absorbency of granite varies, depending on the specific finish and composition of each countertop. Overall, granite materials have a very hard, scratch resistant surface and can easily be maintained. Nonetheless, you will need to be diligent about protecting your granite countertop so you can enjoy many years of beauty and brilliance in your kitchen. Here are a few simple steps you can take to ensure that lasting quality:

First, here are some general precautions about maintaining your granite:

  • Do Not place hot items directly on the granite surface. Doing this will compromise the finish and make your countertop more susceptible to staining and cracking.
  • Do Not use acidic products (i.e., cleaners containing lemon, vinegar, etc.) as such products can dull your countertop’s finish.
  • Do Not use abrasive cleaners such as scouring powders, dry cleaners, etc. Again these products will harm your finish and can greatly reduce the life of your countertop.

Okay, here are some tips for general maintenance of your granite countertops:

  • Liquid spills can penetrate the surface of the countertop so try to clean these spills up immediately to prevent staining.
  • Clean the surface with a neutral cleaner, stone soap, or mild dishwashing liquid and warm water. Rinse well and be sure to use a soft, clean cloth at every step.
  • Generally you can remove stains with a paste mixture consisting of flour, dishwashing liquid, and water (for grease stains use hydrogen peroxide instead of dishwashing liquid). You should apply the paste to the stain, cover with plastic wrap, and let sit overnight. Scrape the paste away with a wooden utensil and rinse well.

Finally, you should seal your granite countertop every couple of years to help maintain that like-new surface and shine you love. Be sure to ask your installer for recommendations on sealing and general maintenance for your specific type of granite. Enjoy!