Granite is the most durable of all stones, second only to diamonds. Proper care ensures the longevity and beauty that comes from this great product. Granite countertops are hard and can withstand a falling can of soup, but the polished surface is a bit more delicate.
The Granite you have purchased for your home or office is an investment that will provide many years of beauty. Here are some recommendations for routine care and cleaning:
Knives will not scratch granite, however cutting on your countertops is not recommended as your knives will dull very quickly. Damage may also occur on the surface over time in the way of light cut marks and eventually an abrasive surface.
Chips in granite are not a common occurrence. When they do happen, chips are most often caused by banging something into the edge of the countertop. Heavy pots and pans and the bottoms of large bottles do most of the damage. If a chip does occur and you find the piece that chipped out, save it. Most of the time, it can be epoxied back into place.
High and low temperatures will not harm granite in any way. You can take a pan off the stove or a dish out of the oven and set it right on your countertop without damage.
Bath and Other Wet Areas
In the bath or other wet areas, soap scum can be minimized by using a squeegee after each use. To remove soap scum, use a non-acidic soap scum remover.
Sealing the Granite
It is suggested that a penetrating sealant be applied once a year. Avoid using a stone sealer that will not penetrate the stone, as it will create a cloudy surface that will have to be removed by stripping the entire countertop, using harsh solvents. Remember, the glossy shine isn’t caused by a coating on the surface, but by expert polishing using diamond polishing tools.
Wipe clean any countertops that come into contact with cooking oil. While stains are rare, they are caused most frequently by cooking oil. To remove a stain on granite, use a mixture (paste) of one cup of flour, 1-2 tablespoons of pH balanced dishwashing liquid (or hydrogen peroxide for oil based stains) with water to make a fairly thick paste (just so it doesn’t run), like peanut butter. If it’s too thick it will take a long time to dry.
Things to avoid
- Avoid leaving acidic liquids (vinegar, lemon juice, orange juice, lime juice, soft drinks and wine) on its surface for long, as they can etch the surface and dull the finish. Polished granite countertops are rather delicate and must be treated with more care.
- Avoid use of cleaners that contain bleach, ammonia, acid or alkaline such as bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners, abrasive cleaners (liquid or powder), lime removers, or tub and tile cleaners.
- Avoid use of scouring powders or creams; these products contain abrasives that may scratch the surface.
Blog post written by Jennifer Harris of JLHwordsmith.com