Granite Countertop Care

A close-up of gloved hands cleaning a granite countertop.

Caring for your granite countertops is important to ensure their beautiful appearance and longevity. Protecting granite countertops includes both cleaning and sealing to keep them looking as good in years to come as they do today.

Daily Cleaning

Granite countertop care starts with keeping the surface free from spills. If there is a spill, blot it up immediately and then rinse with warm water. This is especially true of acidic substances such as lemon, orange, or vinegar.

Once a day you should wipe your granite countertops down with a soft cloth and mild detergent. This will wipe away surface deposits and keep your countertops looking as good as new.

You should never use harsh chemical cleaners on your granite countertops because they can damage the sealant. You must also be careful with powder detergents, which may be abrasive and can scratch the surface.

Tips for daily granite countertop care:

• Dust the counter surface regularly
• Rinse well after using any cleaners or detergents on the granite
• Disinfect the countertop surface with just a few drops of any cleaner that is a neutral pH
• Never use bleach or ammonia on your countertop
• Never put hot pots directly on the granite, even though they are often marketed as heat-resistant.

Sealing Granite Countertops

Even if you clean your granite every day, sealing the countertops is the number one thing you can do to make them look like new. This is a very important part of your care routine because the seal retains the beautiful high gloss finish that helps to make granite so appealing.

Your granite countertop care should include re-applying the sealant every 6 months. Don’t be fooled by sealant that does not look worn. It is not always visible. The sealant wear is often undetectable, so even if it does not look worn you should still reseal twice a year.

Where to Purchase Granite Countertop Sealant

Granite cleaning and care products, including the sealant, are available at most hardware stores, kitchen stores, and even some big-box stores. Refer to your granite countertop care instructions for suggestions of which products to use, or contact the installer or merchandiser for more information.

How to Apply Granite Countertop Sealant

Sealing granite countertops is not difficult. The easiest method is to pour the sealant into a spray bottle, which keeps the mess to a minimum. Just spray it on the entire countertop and wipe gently with a soft cloth to get the sealant into the stone surface. Let dry for 2 to 4 hours and then your conuter is ready to use again.

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