Granite counter surfaces or countertops are beautiful and unique home accessories that improve the ambiance of any room. They come in various colors and styles that appeal to the most discerning interior decorator or homeowner. These additions have become major selling points for the housing market since they can also match virtually any design theme. Aside from their rock-hard aesthetics, granite countertops are very durable and resist heat very well. With all these pros, the care that granite countertops require comes at a small price. With a relatively large investment, like granite countertops, you would definitely want to learn the best ways to care for your investment. Below are five tips to help guide you to safeguard the quality and visual beauty of your countertops.
1. Use Microfiber
In your daily and basic cleaning of your countertops, it is best to use a microfiber cleaning cloth. This keeps the countertop beautifully clean, while not being abrasive enough to leave scratches and compromise its functionality. You can use this cloth daily or as needed using only water. Additionally, you can use the damp microfiber cloth and stone cleaner with a neutral PH once a week to maintain its natural luster.
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2. Use Mild Cleaners and Chemicals
You should always avoid using abrasive cleaners or harsh chemicals on your countertops. Chemicals of that sort can scratch, pit, or etch the granite’s surface permanently, thus ruining its beauty and becoming a breeding ground for bacteria. Even if you think the stain or mess needs a more in-depth cleaning, it is best to seek alternative measures. For example, oily stains that have soaked in the stone can be removed using a poultice made from a cup of flour or baking soda and five tablespoons of dish soap with water mixed to the consistency of yogurt and placed directly on the stain; leave covered with plastic wrap overnight. Rinse off the poultice and use a microfiber cloth to dry the area.
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3. Seasonal Upkeep is a Must
Many homeowners tend to overlook these extra steps and deal with additional maintenance to their costly countertops. For example, sealing is a regular maintenance task that should not be
ignored. To check if your countertops need resealing, splash a bit of water on the surfaces used most often and check if it sits in beady shapes or flows freely. If it flows freely, it is time for a re-seal. Inspection on your countertops should be done yearly to check for stains, scratches, and cracking or movement at the seams. Remember, delaying repair or treatment can lead to more significant and costly repairs or, in rare cases, a total replacement.
4. Heavy Objects are a No-No
Granite countertops are tough but inflexible. Furthermore, they don’t include plywood backing, so if there is a great amount of weight in one place, it can result in a break or crack in the stone. As a result, heavy objects, like full pots, pans, and even people, should not be on the countertops.
5. Use Coasters and Trivets
Thermal shock results when the stone is exposed to open heat or cold and, eventually, cracks. While this is rare, it is still possible, so it is a great idea to use coasters with glasses, bottles and cans and trivets under pots and pans that are still warm. Either way, using these protective accessories is ideal for protecting your bath and kitchen granite countertops.
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