Tips For Cleaning And Maintaining Granite Countertops

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If you're remodeling your home and are wondering what type of countertops you'd like, you can't go wrong with granite. Not only is granite hardy and durable, but it will also give any kitchen an updated, modern look. 

Granite is an all-natural material composed of minerals, such as quartz and feldspar, which give it strength and long-lasting durability. Once granite is treated with an appropriate finish, it's also highly resistant to scratching, making it the ideal kitchen countertop material. Although you'll still need to be careful with granite to keep it looking its best, it will typically withstand slips of a knife and normal wear and tear. 

Since granite countertops are composed of natural stones, they come in a wide range of different colors and patterns. Quartz ranges in color from dark back and grey to pink and green tones. You'll have no problem picking out the granite countertops that best match your kitchen and color preferences. 

Although authentic granite countertops may be a bit pricier than other options — such as laminate, tile, soapstone, and concrete — both their appearance and high quality may make the home investment worth it. After they're installed, make sure you properly care for them to get the most out of your money.

Here are some tips for cleaning and maintaining granite countertops:

1. Clean Up Spills 

It's important to clean up any spills on your granite countertops as soon as possible. Although the counters are generally treated with a stain-resistant finish, some liquids, such as red wine, can still leave marks if they're allowed to set in. 

Simply use a soft towel, such as a microfiber cloth, to absorb the liquid. Follow up with a general spray cleaner that is approved for use on granite to remove any residual stickiness. You can also use this cleaner to wipe up food crumbs or other debris on a daily basis.

2. Avoid Harsh Chemicals

Since granite is a natural material, avoid using any harsh chemicals on them. Acidic substances such as ammonia- and bleach-based cleaners can damage the countertop finish. If you want to use a vinegar solution to kill germs, make sure it is properly diluted with water, as vinegar can break down the granite sealant over time. 

Also, avoid using abrasive cleaning tools, such as steel wool, which can leave unsightly scratches on the countertops. Use soft brushes and cloths instead, and always make sure the countertops are wiped thoroughly dry to avoid water spots. 

Reach out to a company like Granite & Marble Depot to learn more.


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