Granite countertops are not as high maintenance as you might think. In this article, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about caring for granite countertops year-round.
Granite countertops used to be a high-end upgrade to modern kitchens. So, they have gained a reputation as a high-maintenance surface. Since the early 2000s, granite countertops have become more popular in mid-range homes. And homeowners are discovering that caring for granite countertops is actually pretty easy.
Prevention Is Key
Granite is highly resistant to bacteria. So, it’s a perfect choice for use in both kitchens and bathrooms. Granite is also less porous than marble, so granite countertops will be less likely to stain from absorbing oils, spills, and liquids. However, granite is still porous and can still discolor from liquids allowed to sit on its surface. The key is to wipe any spills as quickly as possible. And don’t let items such as wet sponges, wet dishes or perspiring glasses sit on the granite. It’s a good habit to use coasters under all glasses to prevent rings on your granite surface and use cutting boards as your cutting surface.
How to Keep Granite Countertops Clean
Regular cleaning is essential when caring for granite countertops. As with any surface, it’s best to keep it clean and dry. You can wipe your granite countertops with warm, soapy water or a 50/50 mixture of isopropyl alcohol and water. You can also purchase cleaners specially formulated for granite and stone surfaces.
With the wrong cleaning routine, your granite can become dull or scratched over time. Be sure NOT to use the following items to clean your granite countertops.
- Windex, Fantastik, etc.
- Common household cleaners
- Harsh cleaners
- Abrasive cleaners
- Abrasive sponges
- Acidic cleaners (orange, lemon, etc.)
- Bathroom cleaners
- Tub, tile or grout cleaners
Removing Stains from Granite Countertops
If your granite countertops become discolored, you may be able to remove the stain. Try making a paste of baking soda and water. Gently scrub the stained area with a soft cloth, then dry the spot. You may have to do this several times. For stubborn stains, let the paste sit on the stain. Cover it with plastic wrap, then seal the edges with tape. After a few days, the past should be completely dry. Remove the paste, then rinse with warm water and dry.
Shine Your Granite
To keep a healthy shine on your granite countertops, occasionally apply cooking oil on a soft cloth. Rub the oil methodically into the entire surface of your granite with a gentle, buffing motion. This will help keep the granite stain resistant and give it a glossy finish.
Even with the best of care, your granite countertop can become dull over time and become more susceptible to staining. So, plan to have your granite countertops professionally resealed every two to four years to maintain the beauty of your natural stone. It’s important to know that some granite countertops don’t need resealing. Be sure to check with your manufacturer or retailer on the recommended care for your granite.
When caring for your granite countertops, accidents can still happen. If your granite is chipped, scratched, dull or stained, it can most likely be repaired. With simple, proper care, your natural stone granite countertops will look beautiful for many years to come.