Granite countertops are one of the most beautiful kitchen upgrades you can invest in. In addition to providing you with a gorgeous place in which to cook and entertain, granite countertops will significantly improve the resale value of your home. Whether you’ve purchased a home with granite countertops or you’ve recently renovated your kitchen, it’s important to protect your investment. In today post, we’ll provide you with several tips that will help your granite countertops remain pristine for the years to come.
Concrete & Marble Transformerz is Los Angeles’ Top Rated Local® restoration company. Whether you need granite cleaning or granite restoration, our team can get the job done quickly at a price you can afford. Contact us today to request a free estimate!
How to Care for Granite Countertops
A strong granite sealant is your first line of protection against stains. We noted in a previous blog that natural stones like marble are susceptible to staining, and this concern applies to granite as well. Granite is less porous, and therefore less susceptible to staining, than marble, but you should still ensure that your granite is thoroughly sealed at all times. To check your granite’s seal, you can try placing a few drops of water on the surface. If the water turns into beads, then the seal is strong and in good condition. If the water is absorbed by your countertop, then it’s time to reseal the surface. Your countertops will probably need to be resealed at least once each year, but you may be able to go up to two years between sealings if your granite is used infrequently. Call Concrete & Marble Transformerz to schedule a granite sealing and polishing appointment if it’s been more than two years since your last granite cleaning and sealing appointment.
Granite is one of the strongest materials you can use in the kitchen, but carelessness in the kitchen can lead to expensive granite restoration costs. While you’ve probably seen your friends or neighbors chopping vegetables and preparing dinner directly on the surface of a granite countertop, it’s always much safer to use cutting boards for food preparation. Granite has the potential to dull your knives, and recently sharpened blades can create scratch marks in your granite’s polish. If you’re going to be cooking something in or on the stove, then make sure that you have a cooling tray or trivet that fits the cookware you’re using. Granite is heat-resistant, but the surface can become scratched by small particles that are trapped between hot pans and the countertop.
Use Granite-Approved Cleaners
Just like the cleaning process for other natural stones, granite cleaning is best performed with a specialty, granite-safe cleaning solution. While many all-purpose kitchen cleaning products are safe for granite surfaces, you should always make sure to check that the cleaner you’re using won’t damage your granite’s seal or polish. While they’re not 100-percent necessary, specialty cleaning solutions will ensure that you won’t have to invest in granite restoration after making a mistake with a damaging cleaning solution. No matter which cleaner you decide to use, you should always use a microfiber cloth to wipe your countertops. If you wear diamond jewellery, remove it before you clean to prevent accidental scratches or chips from occurring.
Your granite countertops will last a lifetime with just a bit of extra attention and care. If you’re in need of granite cleaning, granite repair, or granite sealing, then call a member of Concrete & Marble Transformerz or get in touch with us using the form below! We’ll happily come to your home or business to provide you with a free granite restoration estimate. We look forward to working with you soon.