Granite adds a certain sense of elegance to your kitchen that you won’t find with many other countertop materials. In addition to a great appearance, granite countertops have tons of other benefits: they’re durable and sanitary (because they’re non-porous), and their classic look ensures that they’ll never go out of style. However, granite countertops in Brooklyn, NY do require some regular maintenance in order to retain all of those great benefits. This post will cover the dos and don’ts of granite maintenance.
Let’s start with the things you need to do to ensure your granite counters stay looking sharp throughout their lifetime:
- Blot spills right away: Wine, coffee, soda, sauce, juice and cooking oils are bound to tip over and spill on your granite counters at some point. Be sure to blot these spills as soon as you can—granite can stain if those spills sit for too long.
- Use coasters: As you do with wood tables, you should make a habit of placing a coaster under all of your glasses, bottles, cans and any other containers holding liquid. As long as your granite is sealed, these containers shouldn’t leave a ring, but it’s better to be safe than sorry!
- Use trivets and hot pads: Similar to the point above, never place hot items directly on your granite counters. The risk of your granite counter suffering “thermal shock’ and cracking is small, but it’s still there.
- Cut using a cutting board: Cutting, chopping, slicing and dicing are staples of cooking. Practically any recipe calls for some form of knifework! Using your knife directly on granite can scratch the surface of the counter (and will certainly dull your blade).
There are also some things you’ll want to avoid doing to your granite countertops in Brooklyn, NY. Here’s a few of them:
- Use generic cleaning products: Most countertop cleaners and degreasers you’ll find on the shelf contain acids and other harmful chemicals that’ll damage your granite (especially if it’s unsealed). Luckily, there are plenty of cleaners out there that are specifically designed to clean your granite.
- Sit on your counters: Sure, granite is strong, but that doesn’t mean you should ever sit or stand on your countertops. Too much weight in one spot causes a lot of stress on the granite and can cause it to crack.
- Store liquids on your counters: Keeping your cooking oils on your kitchen counters is often easier than storing them in the cabinet. However, you might want to avoid this. Doing so poses a high risk of spills and potential staining. If you have granite countertops in your bathroom, avoid keeping perfume, makeup, creams and lotions out on the counter.
Following all of the dos and avoiding all of the don’ts mentioned above will better ensure that your granite countertops in Brooklyn, NY will stand the test of time. If you’re interested in installing granite counters, be sure to shop at Luisi Building Materials Company, Inc. We have an extensive selection of granite that’ll look great in any kitchen!
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