Advice and opinions abound when it comes to the best way to care for your granite countertops. It’s true that there is some variation in upkeep depending on the speciﬁc type of granite you choose. However, granite maintenance does not have to be complicated. Stick to these three suggestions and your countertop will thank you!
If you’re new to the world of granite countertops, particularly if you’re upgrading from laminate, it’s easy to get carried away with the new found durability of your work area. Granite is most deﬁnitely harder and stronger than butcher block or laminate, but that doesn’t make it indestructible. Always use potholders or trivets under your hot dishes, and avoid chopping food directly on your countertops. Not only is it possible to scratch the surface, but you will also dull your knives in a hurry!
Be aware of the foods and liquids that may cause damage to the surface of your countertop. While granite does not etch as easily as marble, it’s important to clean up spills right away to avoid staining. In addition to acidic liquids like wine or coffee, pay attention to oils as well. Cooking oil and hand lotion are common culprits! Cleaners designed especially for granite are readily available, but soap and water does the job in a pinch. It’s important not to use all-purpose cleaner, bleach, or other acidic cleaners on your countertops as they may eat away at the seal. Be wary of using things like vinegar or lemon juice as well—just because it’s all-natural doesn’t mean it’s safe for granite!
Even though granite is commonly used, let’s not forget that it is still a luxurious material! Give it the protection is deserves with regular resealing. Avoid sitting on the countertop and keep pets off of it as their claws may cause scratching. If you’re replacing an old countertop, go the extra mile and make it a ﬂoating countertop for extra seating! Replace clunky corbels with the Floating Surface Adjustable Bracket to maximize support and emphasize design. Even better if this is your ﬁrst time installing countertops!
Granite maintenance doesn’t have to be a pain. Do your research, be consistent, and follow the three C’s!