Granite countertops are a significant investment that can add a lot of value to your home, so long as you keep them in great shape. This means you should stay on top of all your basic maintenance for these countertops so you don’t ruin them with problems that could have easily been prevented.
Here are some tips that will help you maintain your granite countertops in Brooklyn, NY and protect your investment for years to come.
Cleaning granite countertops
Granite is extremely popular not just because of its appearance, but because it is very low maintenance. However, low-maintenance does not mean “no maintenance.” You should clean your countertops every day with a damp cloth and a little bit of dishwashing soap, then dry them off.
As a general rule, you should blot up any spills that happen as soon as they occur, which will prevent stains from forming on your countertops. Rubbing the spills rather than blotting them could result in the stain spreading and becoming larger. Avoid going overboard on the soap as well, as over time it could build up to form a visibly cloudy appearance on the surface.
You can find cleaning products made specifically for granite, which might be necessary for some of the larger stains you’re forced to deal with. As long as the cleaners are neither too basic nor too acidic (you want them pH neutral), they should be safe to use. It can help to have cleaners with degreasing properties in the kitchen especially.
Sealing granite countertops
Granite, like all stone, is naturally porous, which means that until you have sealed it, it will be highly susceptible to stains. Sealing has numerous benefits, including protecting the finish and helping the stone to keep looking great for a longer period of time.
To seal the countertop, make sure you’ve thoroughly cleaned it first, then begin applying the sealer. There are some sealants that will last for several years, but others might need to be applied once or twice a year.
You’ll find various types of sealers on the market. Some of these are more topical in nature and can be easily removed and reapplied. Others are “permanent,” and once applied will be tougher to remove. These provide a more natural, less glossy appearance. “Enhancer” sealers work to enhance the stone’s appearance, making it look wetter or darker to show off unique color and highlighting traits.
Disinfecting granite countertops
Granite is not as much of a bacteria trap as other types of materials, but you should still make sure you disinfect it from time to time. However, avoid using bleach or certain types of acidic cleansers, as these will damage the surface.
Gentle dish soaps can easily be used—use only a small amount. Also, small amounts of isopropyl alcohol mixed with water and dish soap can be good for more serious disinfecting needs.
For more information about how to take care of your granite countertops in Brooklyn, NY, contact Luisi Building Materials Company, Inc. today.
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