Some of peoples biggest fears when it comes to a natural stone countertop is the maintenance it may require. By following a few suggestions your countertops will last you a lifetime while maintaining that just installed look!
Cleaning and Maintenance Tips!
- Avoid using cleaning products with any kind of acid, they may cause de-colorations or scratches on your surface.
- Kneeling or standing on your countertops should be avoided, as they could crack or break.
- Although placing hot pans on granite wont have the same effect and damage as to laminate counters. This is still not recommended, this could cause discoloration and/or cracking. Always use a protective barrier between any hot object and granite such as trivet or mat.
Granite tends to attract soap scum. Be sure to rinse them with hot clean water on a regular basis and use a paper towel to dry. Do not use lime removal products or cleaning products that contain ammonia, as this will affect the seal on the stone.
How to Avoid Chips in your Counters
Chips in granite are not too common however they do happen, and when this happens this is usually caused by banging something into the edge of the countertop. Take care when you handle heavy pots and pans around your granite edges as these are most prone to cause chipping. If a chip does occur and you find the piece that broke hold onto it most of the time this can be fixed.
The use of sealers is a great way to protect your counters and the preservation of your granite countertops. Some granite can be very porous. What a sealer typically does is fill in natural pores and repel spills on the surface, minimizing the absorption. By Sealing counters, this gives you time to wipe spills away before they have a chance to sink into your stone. Usually after counters are installed they are sealed however we do recommend a re-application of this sealer every year or more often for some light granites.
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