Granite countertops are indeed a grandiose addition to any home as each specimen is like an inimitable piece of artwork. Granite is available in so many varied colors that homeowners have a wide array of options to choose from. Granite material is something that would fit and compliment any decor or design scheme. Granites are durable and they don’t need that much looking after for it to last a very long time. You don’t need to be too much vigilant when it comes to its looking after instead you just have to avoid some bad habits and focus on the maintenance when needed. If you have got new granite countertops installed in your kitchen, you can keep them in a good condition and as new as a pin by following the below-mentioned maintenance tips:
Sealing of Countertops
After the granite countertop installation, make sure to use a quality sealant in order to protect your granite from spillages and the regular wear and tear. You will find many effective sealants in the market but do ask for your supplier’s advice on the right product to use for your countertop. Invest in sealants that last longer (requires minimal maintenance or reapplications) than the cheaper ones.
Avoid Bad Habits
Just because granite material is durable doesn’t mean you have to treat it differently than any other type of material. Remember to attend to the spills on an immediate basis; always make sure that you use coasters, hot pads, trivets for placing hot vessels so that you don’t harm the stone, cutting boards while working on granite countertops. Yes, they can handle a bit of wear and tear, but a little care and maintenance will only add to the shelf-life of the countertop.
Avoid using strong chemicals when cleaning your granite countertops. Only use a granite cleaning spray instead of using vinegar, bleach, ammonia, citrus cleaners, powder cleanser or bathroom cleaners and even the regular dishwashing liquid. To clean the surface daily use a soft cloth or a microfiber cloth instead of using coarse sponges that could abrade the surface. One more thing you can do after every few weeks is pour few drops of water on the space that is used the most and check whether it soaks it up or the water beads up on the surface. If the water gets soaked up, it indicates that your granite countertop needs a sealant reapplication. When your countertop requires a more thorough cleaning, you should consult professionals to do the work instead of going DIY.