Granite is a very vibrant stone, which looks good and adds value to homes. Granite countertops are also heat resistant, scratch resistant, and immune to household acids like citrus, fruits and vinegar.
Unlike marble, granite is durable and easy to maintain. But damages can still occur if you clean it with inappropriate methods.
Like in all other cases, prevention is better than cure here too.
When cleaning granite it is advised NOT to
- Use harsh chemicals (On any stone product for that matter)
- Use cleaners containing acidic ingredients such as vinegar which could cause deep etches and scratching
- Leave acidic foods such as sodas, vinegar, or lemon juice on your counter for very long, as it is possible for them to etch the top
- Polished countertops are a little more delicate so, do not use the counter as a cutting board
- Never drag appliances, pans, or other utensils across the countertop
- Clean up spills immediately
- Apply a penetrating sealant that the manufacturer recommends, annually
- Remove a black or gray mark on the surface, caused by a pot or some other item, by gently polishing this using fine steel wool
With conscious effort to maintain your granite countertop properly, you will be adding vibrancy and life to your splendid kitchen counter.