Granite countertops are a stunning addition to any kitchen or bathroom, bringing elegance and durability to your space. However, like any investment, they require proper care and maintenance to keep them looking their best. In this blog post, we’ll explore some essential tips and tricks to help you care for your granite countertops and ensure their longevity.
Routine cleaning is vital to maintaining the beauty and cleanliness of your granite countertops. Start by wiping the surface with a soft cloth or sponge and warm, soapy water. For stubborn stains, create a gentle cleaning solution by mixing baking soda with water into a paste and applying it to the stain. Let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing. Always dry the countertops thoroughly to prevent water spots or streaks.
Seal the Material
Sealing your granite countertops is a crucial step in their care and maintenance. Granite is a porous material that can absorb liquids and stains if left unsealed. To determine if your countertops need sealing, perform a simple water test. Sprinkle a few drops of water on the surface. If it beads up, your countertops are sealed. If the water soaks into the granite, it’s time to reseal. Use a high-quality granite sealer and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for application. Typically, it involves applying the sealer evenly and allowing it to penetrate the surface before wiping away any excess.
Avoid Harsh Chemicals and Abrasives
Avoiding harsh chemicals and abrasives is essential to keep your granite countertops in pristine condition. Do not use cleaners containing ammonia, bleach, vinegar, or citrus, as they can dull the shine and strip away the protective sealant. Similarly, abrasive scrubbing pads or cleansers can scratch the surface of the granite. Opt for pH-neutral or granite-specific cleaners that are gentle and safe for use on granite surfaces. Always read cleaning product labels to ensure they are suitable for granite.
Prevention is critical when it comes to caring for your granite countertops. Place coasters under glasses and mugs to prevent rings, and use trivets or hot pads for hot pans or dishes to avoid heat damage. While granite is durable, excessive force or impact can still cause chips or cracks. Avoid dropping heavy objects on the countertops, and use cutting boards or mats when preparing food to prevent scratches. It’s also advisable to avoid sitting or standing on the countertops, as this can lead to stress fractures.
Tampa Bay Granite is here to answer all your granite-care questions. We boast over 50 years of collectible industry experience and take pride in our top-quality products, competitive prices, and exceptional service to all our customers.
With over 3,000 slabs of granite and marble on site, the team at Tampa Bay Granite is proud of our extensive and diverse selection. We have a beautiful gallery of granite and marble countertops to help you transform your kitchen or bathroom into an eye-catching and functional reality. Our design and selection center allows customers to evaluate material options during the design process, ensuring their vision is fully realized upon project completion. From selection to installation, we will install your countertops within two weeks of creating your template.
Visit us today at 5824 W Linebaugh Ave in Tampa or call 813-908-2777 to schedule an appointment.