How to Best Care For Your Granite Countertops

Have you recently renovated your kitchen with a granite countertop installation? Choosing granite has become a popular option for home design. According to a study done for the National Association of Home Builders, also known as the NAHB, granite countertops are overwhelmingly the most popular with 64% of new homes having this material type. Here are our top three tips for ensuring the proper care of your granite countertop.

1. Use the Right Cleaning Techniques

When cleaning your granite countertop, you want to ensure that you’re using the proper cleaning methods for the job. Using harsh chemicals such as bleach or Windex can dull the granite. Instead, you should use a mild soap and water concoction to properly clean the surface. To keep your countertops clean and intact, consider using a wet washcloth to clean off dirt and grease.

2. Avoid Using Your Granite Countertop Improperly

When using your granite countertop, avoid using your countertop as a resting place for hot pans. This can crack the foundation and perhaps be broken beyond repair. You should also avoid putting too much weight on your granite countertops to avoid forming any cracks. You can always reach out to our experts if you’re unsure what would be considered improper use of your countertops.

3. Ensure the Sealing Is Intact

To ensure that your sealant stays in the best condition, it’s not recommended to use sharp knives and cut directly on the countertop. Cutting food on the countertop without using a cutting board can wear out the sealant causing staining and deterioration. As mentioned above, using harsh chemicals should be avoided as much as possible. If you happen to spill vinegar or a similar substance, use a wet cloth to remove it immediately. Be sure to schedule regular countertop sealant services to keep your counters in tip-top shape.

Caring for your countertops shouldn’t be an afterthought. If you take proper care of your countertops, they should last more than 100 years. If you’re looking for natural stones or engineered surfaces, reach out to our team at The Stone Gallery by GMD for more information. We have over 20 years of experience and are available by phone, email, or in-person whenever you’re ready to discuss options!

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