GRANITE COUNTERTOP CLEANING & PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE

With proper care, your countertops should provide a lifetime of use and satisfaction. Help prevent long-term damage to the surface of your granite countertops with routine cleaning using the appropriate materials, and following our best practices.

Basic Cleaning

Use a clean cloth dampened with warm water for general cleaning and daily spills. Use a soft cloth to promptly “blot” dry. The addition of a mild dish soap may be used to completely remove oil, grease or stubborn food particles. However, over the years, the repeated use soap can cause build up and dull the countertop’s shine.

Preventative Maintenance

Granite is a very hard stone, however, in high traffic areas, the surface can still develop unwanted scratches and dulling over time. Follow these best practices for years of a maintenance free countertop.
 

Avoid Scratches, Scuffs & Stains

  • Use Cutting Boards -  Avoid the possibility of surface scratches by utilizing a cutting board rather than being tempted to cut directly on the countertop.
  • Use Trivets & Hot Pads - Build-up under pans can create a grit that can scratch and scuff the countertop surface in high-use areas over the years. 
  • Clean Spills Promptly - Oils and acidic foods (to name a few) that remain on the countertop surface for extended periods of time can stain the sealed granite.

Avoid Abrasive & Household Cleaner

  • Abrasive Cleaners -   Abrasive cleaners have a gritty texture. These types of cleaners are the fastest way to scuffed and scratched countertops over time.
  • Household Cleaners - Multi-purpose cleaning products, purchased from your local chain store, can contain acids, ammonia, bleach and other chemicals that will degrade the granite sealer leaving a dull finish and become vulnerable to staining. 

Rule of Thumb

Warm water will do for everyday cleaning and quick clean-ups. Use liquid soap sparingly to preserve the shine for years to come.

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