One of the most important things to consider when you purchase new countertops is maintenance. New countertops can be a rather large investment depending on the rarity of the stone you choose, so it is natural that you would want to keep your counters looking brand-new for as long as possible. Granite is not immune to damage, however, it is extremely durable and with just a little bit of routine maintenance, it will remain beautiful for years to come!
Seal Your Counter Annually
Granite is very moisture resistant, but unfortunately it is also porous. To prevent liquids from seeping into your countertops and staining them, you should apply sealer to the surface once every year or two. Normal liquids will not harm a properly sealed granite surface.
Clean Your Counter after Each Use
After your granite has been sealed, all you really need to be concerned with is your routine maintenance. This means it would be a good idea use a cutting board when cooking, and also wipe away any leftover crumbs or dust that may be abrasive to the surface of your counters. You can also wipe your counters clean after usage, using a mild detergent mixed with water.
Do Not Use Acidic Cleaning Products
Avoid acidic cleaners and opt for natural products that are granite-safe. Acidic liquids are extremely harmful to granite and can cut through the sealant in no-time, exposing your granite to a higher likelihood of staining.
For most people, the reward of having beautiful countertops that raise the value of your home - far outweighs the minimal inconvenience of proper care and maintenance. At Southern Stone, we are always happy to guide you through the basics of countertop care as you begin remodeling your kitchen or bathroom!
Contact us at (205) 989-5699 to schedule your free in-home estimate today!