Posted on: 25 April 2018
Your kitchen countertops see a great deal of use. From entertaining and serving to dining and preparing food, it is easy to see the importance of this surface in your kitchen. Of course, replacing your counters may be necessary at one point time. Considering they add an estimated 25 percent of value to your home, granite counters are a great option for your kitchen. Even though they are incredibly durable, proper cleaning and care is necessary. With these tips, you will be able to clean and maintain your new granite countertops.
Many people love the natural look of unfinished granite, which adds a rustic element to your kitchen. While they do serve a purpose, unsealed granite can become a problem over time.
Without sealing the granite, the surface will be too porous, increasing the risk of stains from basic tasks such as preparing food and eating. Therefore, it is important to make sure your counters are sealed.
In some instances, the granite is sealed by the manufacturer before they are installed. Ask your contractor if the granite is sealed or if they will be applying the sealant during the installation process.
Again, sealed granite is a durable surface that is resistant to stains and etching, but certain products can scratch and damage the surface.
Avoid using harsh cleaning products and chemicals on your granite. Do not use scouring pads or sponges that have abrasive surfaces, since these products can damage the finish.
Also, never use vinegar, ammonia, or products that contain these ingredients to clean your granite. These products contain acidic properties, which will erode the sealant and underlying stone of your granite counters.
Visit your local grocery store or discount retailer and you will find a large selection of products designed for cleaning granite. Although these can be effective, homemade solutions are safer and more effective.
To create a natural cleaner using common household ingredients, add the following to a spray bottle:
- 2 cups of water
- ½ cup of rubbing alcohol or inexpensive vodka
- 5 – 7 drops of liquid dish soap
- 4 – 6 drops of your favorite essential oil
Shake the bottle to mix before using. Then, spray a generous amount of a microfiber cloth. Use to wipe food, crumbs, sticky residue, and dust off your granite counters.
With proper installation, cleaning, and care, your new granite counters will stand the test of time. This guide and your contractor's help will ensure your granite adds appeal, function, and value to your home.Share