Nothing makes your kitchen look classier than brand new, shining granite countertops. If you want your kitchen countertops to retain that like-new condition, it’s going to take just a bit of effort…
The Importance of Sealing
Proper care of your granite countertops should begin the day they are installed. Before you start preparing your first meal on them, you need to make sure that they are sealed. This is a simple and quick process. You’ll need to contact the company who installed your countertops to make sure you’ve purchased the right type of sealant. Different kinds of granite require different kinds of sealant. In general, you should reseal your granite countertops once a year.
Cleaning Your Granite Countertops
Spills are going to happen. When they do, immediately use a clean, soft cloth to blot the spill to prevent staining or etching. This is especially important when it comes to acidic liquids, like coffee, juices, wine, or soda. For daily cleaning, liquid dish soap, warm water, and a soft cloth will get the job done.
Preventing Scratches and Stains
Here are a few tips to protect the surface of your kitchen countertops:
- Always use trivets, cutting boards, and coasters before setting something on top of your granite countertops.
- Don’t place hot pots and pans directly on the granite. It is true that they can handle the heat, but grit on the bottom of pans can transfer to the granite. The heat will seal the grit into the stone.
- Never use anything abrasive to clean your countertops. This includes both cleaning tools and scrubbing agents. You should also be wary of using plastic scrubbers.
When it comes to updating your kitchen countertops, there are many different types of beautiful granite to choose from. To learn more about the benefits of granite or to get an estimate on the cost of new countertop installation, contact us at Ward Stone Group today!