A Guide to Caring for Granite Counters

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We all want a beautiful kitchen, but even the most luxurious countertops can age and lose their luster. When upkeep is overlooked, countertops can take on a worn and dull appearance.

Fortunately, caring for granite is easier than you may think. Listed below is everything you need to keep your granite counters looking brand new.

Sealing and Polishing

Sealing granite countertops will help to protect them from spills and staining, as well as enhance their natural beauty. Start by cleaning the counter with a mild, non-abrasive cleaner and a soft cloth. Make sure the countertop is completely dry before applying the sealant.

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Use a sealant approved for granite and apply two to three coats for the best protection. After allowing the sealant to dry overnight, buff the countertop with a soft cloth to remove any excess sealant.

To polish it, you can use a granite polish or a mild cleaner with wax. Apply the polish with a clean cloth and buff it with a dry cloth in circular motions until the desired shine is achieved.

Dealing With Stains

A good rule of thumb is to always start any cleaning process with the least abrasive solution and work your way up to more aggressive cleaning methods if needed. Begin by dabbing stains with a damp cloth and a mild detergent. If the stain is still visible, you can apply a granite cleaner to further lift the stain.

For more stubborn stains, you may need to use a poultice solution. Make sure to always follow instructions when it comes to these types of cleaners and avoid using any products containing bleach, vinegar, or other harsh chemicals.

Specialty Care Products

Specialty countertop care products should be used regularly to clean and protect the surface. Granite clean and seal products often contain a sealant to help protect it from staining and discoloration, as well as to preserve the color of the granite. With proper care, your granite counters will remain to look beautiful for years to come.

Cleaning Counters Regularly

Cleaning it regularly is important to maintain the beauty and longevity of granite countertops. Begin by wiping counters with a mild dishwashing soap and warm water mixture. Before use, test any products on a small, out-of-the-way surface for compatibility.

Avoid acidic cleaners or harsh abrasives, as these may damage the finish of the countertops. Use a microfiber cloth and clean countertops from back to front with small circular motions using light pressure. Rinse the soap with clean water.

Know When to Call a Professional Cleaner or Repair Service

Caring for your granite counter can be a big task, and it’s important to know when to call a professional cleaner or repair service. If you’re unsure how to care for it, call a professional cleaner or repair service. They can reseal, repair, and clean your granite surfaces to prevent further damage and keep it looking beautiful.

See what cleaning products and services they offer and always read the instructions very carefully before attempting to do any cleaning yourself.

Take Proper Care of Your Granite Counters Today

Maintaining granite counters does require some proper care, but the effort is greatly worth the reward. With little maintenance and effort, any home can benefit from having a beautiful and lasting countertop.

Get started on having stunning counters in your home today! If you have any questions contact your local granite expert.

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