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Granite countertops are beautiful and durable, but they are a significant investment. You get a good return on your money though, because granite lasts for many years and it holds onto its polished appearance if you care for the stone properly. Granite is easy to maintain if you follow these few simple tips.
Apply Sealer Regularly
When the contractor installs your new countertops, you'll be given guidelines for how often to apply a sealer to the surface. A sealer is necessary because granite is a porous stone. It soaks up fluids that leave stains if the surface isn't sealed. You probably won't have to seal your countertops more often than every year or two. A water test will let you know the condition of the surface of the granite. Drop a small amount on your countertop. If the water beads up, then the granite is sealed properly. If water soaks into the stone, then it's time to put new sealer on, which is as easy as using furniture polish. In fact, the sealer not only protects the stone from stains, it also gives the granite a lustrous shine.
Protect The Surface
Granite is a hard material, so it doesn't damage easily. However, it's a good idea to protect your countertops so they have a nice long life. Plus, protecting the surface is more about protecting the sealer on top. While using a knife on your countertops may not hurt the granite, it will wear down the sealer, and that could allow germs from meat or liquid from spills to penetrate the granite. To prevent this, use a cutting board when chopping or slicing, and when working with meat. While granite doesn't burn, it's best to place hot pans on a trivet to prevent damage to the sealer. Also, you should avoid storing bottles of oil directly on the granite as these tend to drip and leave an oily ring under the bottle. Prolonged contact could leave behind a stain if the oil seeps through the sealer.
Clean With Soapy Water
You don't need special products for daily cleaning of your granite countertops. Soapy water will keep the surface clean and sanitary. You can use your regular dish soap for this. Just be sure to rinse the soap away and dry the surface so no film is left behind that dulls the shine of the granite. Avoid using abrasive or acidic cleaners on your countertops. If you clean spills immediately and keep the granite sealed, you shouldn't have to deal with stains. However, if you ever need to remove coffee or wine stains, you can buy a stain remover made specifically for granite.
It's easy to take care of your granite countertops, and that's one reason granite is an ideal material to use in the kitchen. The most important thing is to keep the counter sealed, then you can use it as a food preparation surface without having to worry about stains or bacterial contamination.