Keep Your Granite Kitchen Countertops Clean

It was an exciting process to go from some old Formica kitchen countertops to some alluring granite tops from a quarry halfway around the world. But now it’s time for the most difficult task – maintaining them.

It was an exciting process to go from some old Formica kitchen countertops to some alluring granite tops from a quarry halfway around the world. But now it’s time for the most difficult task – maintaining them.

Making sure your natural stone countertops are always doing a great job at looking sharp, elegant and winking an eye at your neighbors and family, you must take really good care of them. Here we outline a few things you should keep in mind when caring for your granite kitchen countertops.

First of all make (absolutely) sure that your countertops were properly and evenly sealed throughout. Nowadays there are many granite countertops that are pre-sealed at the time of fabrication or even at the time the slabs are polished at the factory. The reason for this step is to seal the natural stone with long-term sealers that protect your stone for ten, fifteen or even many more years. Be sure to find out exactly what type of sealer was applied to your stone. If regular sealer was applied then you need to make sure you seal your countertops at least once a year due to the stone being porous.

Hot pots are a NO-NO. Don’t ever put hot pots or trays directly on the surface of your granite countertops. If you were given a cutting board that matches your stone, then you may want to use this as a temporary resting area for your hot pots if you must sit it somewhere; if the cutting board breaks, at least you can easily replace that!

As far as cleaning, just use some soap and water and wipe them down at least once a day. Yes, that is a lot of work, but always remember that it was a significant investment, so you must care for it. Another tip I can give you is to try and keep your countertop free of kitchen equipment, pots, dishes, oil bottles etc. You want to make it as easy as possible for you to wipe your countertops down, not to mention that when you keep these things on top of them you are increasing the odds of spills happening which is something else you want to be careful with, and if a spill does occur be sure to attend to it immediately, don’t wait.

My last tip for now would be to not use any type of commercial cleaners to wipe down your countertops which could ultimately stain your beautiful kitchen countertops. Remember to stick to simplicity (i.e. soap and water).

That’s it for now, hope you enjoyed some of these tips and hope they are of some help to you.