Many people love the look of granite countertops but hesitate to install them in their homes out of concern for keeping them clean and free from stains. Maintaining granite countertops, however, is not difficult or time-consuming. With just a minimal amount of maintenance, it’s easy to keep granite countertops in great shape for many years.
All you need to properly clean granite countertops is warm water, a sponge, and mild dishwashing soap. You may choose to use stone soap or another product designed specifically for cleaning stone surfaces instead of your favorite brand of mild dishwashing soap, but it is not necessary to do so.
The sponge you use to clean your countertop should be gentle and nonabrasive. It is very important to avoid using any type of abrasive object to clean granite countertops, as abrasive agents can cause irreparable scratching.
Granite countertops are virtually indestructible, but they are subject to stain if spills are not cleaned up right away. Most stains can be prevented by simply wiping down your countertops with warm soapy water once a day, and immediately following any type of spill.
Once a granite countertop stains, there is a good chance that the stain will become permanent. However, with fast action, the homeowner can take care of any spills before they have a chance to cause permanent damage.
To stay in top condition, granite countertops should be professionally sealed every other year. Sealing granite countertops protects them form several types of damage. It helps keep them water resistant and makes it easier to keep them clean. If you notice your granite countertop starting to crack, it’s important to have the damaged area repaired right away to prevent water damage and serious breakage.
The Natural Beauty of Granite
It is likely that some stains will begin to form on your granite countertops over time. It’s important to keep in mind that part of the beauty and charm of having natural stone surfaces in your home comes from the changes that occur as they age. The fact that a stain or two appears on your countertops does not mean that they are ruined. In fact, the stain may simply add character to the already classic beauty of your granite countertops.