Care Instructions For Granite Countertops

Granite countertops turn your bathrooms and kitchens into elegant rooms filled with luxury. Available in shades of tan, gray, black, purple, red and green, there is a lot to choose from when it comes to granite countertops. Granite is a natural stone that is very durable and can last a long time, but it also needs careful cleaning and maintenance:

Keeping Your Countertops Clean

The first thing to know is how to keep your granite countertops clean. Even though they look dark and like you won't see stains, they can actually stain quickly if you aren't careful. As soon as you see a spill, wipe it up right away with a sponge or soft cloth, and warm water. You should also be wiping the countertops daily by starting with a soft wet rag, and drying it with another cloth.

You don't want water streaks, so it is important to dry the countertops instead of letting them dry naturally. Every week, apply a stone cleaner that is PH-neutral and safe to use on granite. This will get rid of dirt and debris you missed during your daily cleaning.

It is important that you avoid using harsh cleaning products, detergents, or chemicals on your granite countertops. Just water should suffice for daily cleaning. You also don't want to scrub them with steel wool or abrasive powder. Avoid cleaners that have acid in them, such as vinegar or lemon.

Removing Stains

If your granite countertops are not sealed properly, or it has been a while since they were last sealed, they can get stains. The most common things that will stain granite include tomato sauces, dark juice, rust, grease, oil, red wine, tea, and coffee. Be very careful with these items around your countertops, and remember to wipe them up immediately if you make a spill. The best way to remove stains from granite is by using poultice. This is a type of absorbent powder that pulls up the stain without damaging the stone.

You mix it with water to create a paste, then apply it to the stain. Cover it with plastic and let it sit for a day. Return to the spot, remove the plastic, and scrape it off with a rubber or plastic spatula. Rinse away the area with warm water.

Filling Small Cracks and Holes

If you get a small hole, known as a pit, in your granite, don't fret! There is a way to fill the hole, as well as minor cracks in the material. To fill holes, you will need a clear epoxy gel. Start by cleaning out the hole, making sure no dust or debris is inside. Compressed air works very well for cleaning it out. Use a syringe to draw out the clear epoxy gel. Fit it in with the epoxy, then use a plastic scraper to remove any excess. Let the area dry for as long as the package instructions indicate.

To learn more, contact a company like A. Padilla Marble, Inc. with any questions or concerns you have.