How to Clean and Maintain Your Granite Countertop

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Granite is a popular choice for countertops given its natural aesthetics and longevity. When properly maintained, it can last a lifetime and look brand new. We put together some practical cleaning and maintenance tips that will ensure you get the most out of your granite countertops.

Practical Guidelines for Granite

Make sure you exercise common sense when you work around granite countertops. Some foods and liquids, including alcohol and citrus juices, can create unsightly stains on your granite countertops. To avoid that dull, etched look, we recommend using coasters under glasses.
Granite can withstand temperatures up to 250°C (480°F) but we don’t recommend direct application of heat in a localized area. With strong thermal gradients, the stone can begin to crack. When removing hot items from the oven or stove, don’t place them directly on your granite countertops – use hot pads or trivets instead.

Granite is generally scratch-resistant, given the hardness of its mineral compound, but it’s not invincible. Although it can withstand most utensils that are commonly used on them, we don’t recommend cutting food directly on your granite countertop; use a cutting board every time. Some items such as china, ceramics, and silver can scratch the granite surface, so remember to use placemats.

Granite Countertop Cleaning Guide

For best results, clean your granite countertop regularly with a gentle cloth, warm water, and non-abrasive cleaner. Rinse the surface thoroughly and wipe it dry. Too much cleaner can leave streaks or a filmy residue, which you may have to buff out with a clean white terry cloth. If something spills, wipe it up immediately following these steps.

The type of cleaner you choose can make a big difference; we recommend a neutral cleaner, stone cleaner, or mild dish detergent. Always read the manufacturer’s label on the cleaning product to make sure it’s safe to use on granite. Follow the instructions carefully.

Sealing Granite Countertops

granite cleanerGranite countertops need to be sealed on a regular basis, at least once a year but more frequently for heavy users. We recommend using high-quality sealing products that are labeled for use on granite. Always follow the manufacturer’s directions. These products are available for purchase online or at your local hardware/home center.

Products to Avoid

Remember, the harsher the cleaning product, the more likely it will wear down the sealer on your countertop. When you need to patch up faucets or holes, use silicone sealer instead of plumber’s putty. Some common cleaners that actually damage granite countertops include:

Some cleaners, including lemon, acid, and vinegar will etch your granite countertops. If you’re not sure a certain cleaner is suitable to use on granite, just skip the cleaner and use warm water and a clean cloth.

We hope this guide helps you enjoy your granite countertops for a long time. If you’re planning a building project, please contact us. If you need architectural woodwork, we’d love to discuss feasibility, potential business return, and if Beaver Creek Industries is the best fit for your needs.

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