Your kitchen will look fresh for years if you properly care for a granite countertop. Improper care can ruin the material lead to premature replacement. Knowing the do’s and don’ts can help you avoid bad habits and maintain the countertop so it remains free of damage.
The do’s include blotting up spills as soon as they happen. Coffee, tomato sauce, wine, and sodas can leave permanent stains on the surface. You also have to be careful of cooking oils. Blotting up any stains quickly with a paper towel will help avoid staining, and using a sponge, soft cloth, or special cleaning spray for granite countertops can protect the surface and the sealer. Hot water will do just as well if the cleanup doesn’t require much work.
It’s not recommended to use dish soap to clean granite. It typically doesn’t cause permanent damage, but can lead to a build-up that dulls the surface. Stick to water or a sponge/cloth instead.
Be Careful Using Pots and Pans
Hot pots can be placed on granite counters in the kitchen, but thermal shock is possible and can cause the granite to crack. There’s also the risk of grit getting trapped between the pot and the countertop. Surface scratches can add up over time; although they can be fixed, the best thing is to avoid them. Also, to protect the top layer, the use of cutting boards, dust mops, and door mats (to keep dirt, grit, and sand outside and as far away as possible) is recommended.
Absolute Granite Countertop Dont’s
Bleach, degreasers, glass cleaners, and other generic household cleaning products should not be used. Their acidity and chemical content can wear away at the sealer and leave the surface prone to staining. There are stone care polishes, powders, and sealers that do work for effectively cleaning granite, without the risk of damage.
Also, don’t try to remove stains using vinegar or ammonia. Common items such as lemon or orange are not good either, even if they are included in common name-brand products. Avoid using thebathroom, tub, or tile cleaners as well; a grout cleaner is not appropriate for a granite surface. There are just too many abrasives that can scratch and dull the surface before you know it. These may be subtle at first, but repeated bad habits can subtract years from the countertop’s aesthetic beauty.
Don’t Abuse Your Granite Countertop
Granite is hard but inflexible. There is no supportive backing either, so sitting or standing on it can crack the surface. Storing liquids or toiletry products on top of the counter is a bad idea too. Leakage and spillage are all too common with creams and lotions, colognes and perfumes, and nail and hair products. An overlooked spill can wreak havoc on the surface, so store these products on separate shelves or trays. It’s not that hard to keep your counter fresh, and to get the most out of your investment from, for example, granite countertops from NEKA.