Granite Countertop Care and Maintenance
Natural stone is inherently hard and durable, and thus an ideal material for kitchen countertops and bathroom vanities. With proper care and maintenance, your natural stone countertop can last for decades. The Granite you have selected for your home is an investment that will give you many years of good use. Here are instructions and recommendations for routine care and cleaning:
- Dust surfaces frequently
- Blot up spills immediately
- Use a clean cloth for best results
- Clean stone surfaces with a neutral cleaner, such as mild liquid dishwashing detergent and warm water. Too much cleaner or soap may leave a film and cause streaks.
- Rinse the surface thoroughly after washing with the soap solution and wipe until dry with a soft cloth.
- Re-seal Granite every 6 months or at least once a year. (This is a service that we provide)
- DO NOT use vinegar, lemon juice, ammonia, or other cleaners containing acids. These products containing acids may etch the surface and reduce the sealer’s properties,
- DO NOT use the stone countertop as a cutting board. This may scratch the stone and dull knives.
- DO NOT use scouring powders or creams; these products contain abrasives.
- DO NOT use cleaners that contain acids such as bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners, or
- DO NOT use tile cleaners
- Do NOT apply acetone or any type of paint thinner.
Important Fact: An important fact to remember: Darker surfaces show fingerprints, smudges, and dirt making it a little harder to maintain than the lighter colors. But with the above information, you should be able to take care of your countertops.
Avoid Irregular or Excessive Weight on the Stone Surfaces. Stone countertops are tough and durable, but because of their rigidity, will crack under irregular or excessive weight. Do not apply too much weight to any one spot, as this may cause the stone to crack. Do not sit or stand on the countertop surface. Also, be observant of what wall decorations hang over the stone countertops. If the hanging decorations are heavy and fall onto the countertop, the natural stone may crack under the stress
Other Countertop Materials: Depending on what type of countertop material you select for your project, we recommend that you visit the manufacturer’s website directly for their specific instructions as to how to best care for their products. They all provide a care and maintenance area. Contact The Countertop Company today to know more!