Granite countertops are among the best additions in the kitchen. They not only help to boost a kitchen’s appeal, but also offer numerous benefits in terms of functionality. They are relatively easy to maintain compared to other materials, but many people tend to assume that granite countertops don’t need regular care and maintenance. Well, that’s wrong. To keep that granite surface beautiful and sparkling for years to come, here are some essential tips you ought to know.
Basic cleaning, say day to day cleaning, is very important in keeping granite countertops in their pristine condition. It helps to get rid off of any dirt, grime, dust, and food particles that may have settled on the countertops during the day’s activities. For basic cleaning, you can use a dry or wet microfiber cloth to dust off or clean the surface respectively. When there are spills, you can use some dishwashing soap to clean the surface and then dry it with a soft cloth.
For bigger messes or routine countertop cleaning, use a damp cloth together with a pH neutral cleaner made specifically for granite counters. Do not ever use vinegar, bleaching products, abrasive cleaners, harsh chemicals, or products that contain ammonia because over time they will ruin the appearance of your countertops.
Sealing is equally important in keeping stains and germs from settling into the pores of any natural stone. You need to use a granite sealer at least twice a year to ensure that your countertops do start harboring germs. You can test whether your granite countertops require sealing by splashing water on them and checking whether it forms small bead-like shapes or flows freely. If it flows freely, consider sealing the surface.
With granite countertops, some problems should be left to the experts. While these tips are great for basic cleaning, sometimes granite needs more help. At Bay Shore Cleaning and Restoration, we have years of specialized training with granite cleaning & restoration can resolve virtually any problem you may have. For more information, give us a call today.