Granite countertops are some of the most popular features of modern kitchens. Granite is a beautiful material that will make your kitchens pop while also being very durable. However, you need to properly care for your granite countertops to ensure their longevity.
At Loudoun Granite, we have years of experience installing stunning granite countertops in kitchens in the DMV area. Let us show you how to care for your granite countertops.
Ways to Keep Your Granite Clean
Clean Up Spills Immediately
One of the biggest mistakes homeowners make is letting spills stay on their granite countertops for extended periods of time. Although spills will likely not stain your granite immediately, leaving liquids for hours on end can cause permanent stains.
Always clean up any spills as soon as possible to prevent permanent damage. Using warm water and soft soap should be good enough for everyday cleaning of your countertops.
Use Cutting Boards
A common misconception is that granite is sturdy enough to chop food directly on it. Don’t ever do this! You should always use cutting boards when cooking to prevent scratching your countertops.
Only Use Soft Materials to Wipe Your Countertops
Granite is a sturdy material, but many cleaning products out there can be too rough for it. Using scrubbing sponges or rough wipes can leave scratches behind, even if you think they’re not harsh enough to wipe your countertops. Prevent any inadvertent scratches by only using soft materials to wipe your countertops.
Coasters are mandatory when drinking hot and cold drinks on a wooden table, but did you know that you should use them with granite countertops as well? This is because hot and cold drinks can leave water condensation behind, which may or may not stain the countertops. Prevent this by using a nice coaster whenever you have a drink.
Things to Avoid With Your Granite
Avoid Putting Hot Items Directly on the Granite
Hot plates, pots, pans, and kettles may be hot enough to crack your granite. Although warm plates should not be a problem for your countertop, the granite may crack from thermal shock if it comes in contact with extremely hot items. Use heat-resistant plate holders whenever you need to put something hot on your counters.
Avoid Using Harsh Chemicals for Cleaning
Many cleaning solutions out there contain harsh chemicals that may damage the integrity of your granite. These chemicals can stain the granite and damage the sealant solution on your countertops, both of which can cause long-term damage.
Avoid Putting Too Much Weight on the Countertops
Do not sit on your granite countertops for any reason. Although they are sturdy, they were not designed to withstand the weight of a human. Depending on the design of your kitchen, you may end up with cracks in your granite if you sit or stand on it.
How to Seal Granite Countertops
Sealing your granite countertops can drastically increase their lifespan and prevent any unnecessary stains and scratches. To seal your countertops, the first thing you will need is a high-quality sealant.
There are two main types of countertop sealants:
- Surface sealer. This type of sealer sticks to the surface of a countertop to prevent stains and scratches. However, the sealer needs a textured surface to stick to. Thus, it’s not usually recommended for granite countertops.
- Impregnating sealer. This type of sealer impregnates the countertop, as its name suggests. That is, the sealer will be absorbed by the stone and will help protect it from scratches and stains. This is a great choice for granite countertops.
Once you’ve purchased the right sealant, simply follow the instructions on the bottle to protect your granite!
Contact Loudoun Granite for New Granite Countertops
If your granite is way beyond repair, give us a call to help you replace your kitchen countertops. Loudoun Granite is located in Ashburn, VA (20147), and has helped countless families remodel their kitchens with stunning granite countertops. Give us a call at 571-707-8077 to get started.