How Do I Take Care of My Granite Counters?
1. Seal Them
Most granite will only have to be sealed every 5 years (sometimes longer). Sealers are progressing their lifespan every year and in the very near future granite will only have to be sealed once when it is fabricated.
2. Be Proactive
While granite is very durable and resistant to heat and scratches, it's important to be proactive about caring for your counters if you want them to last a lifetime.
Things that help prolong the life of your counters:
Clean up spills immediately.
Use trivets or mats under hot dishes and cookware.
Use coasters under glasses, especially if they contain alcohol or citrus juices.
Only use cleaning products that are granite specific.
When in doubt use warm water to wipe up spills.
3. Avoid the No-No's
NO vinegar, bleach, ammonia or other general-purpose cleaners.
NO abrasive cleaners such as dry cleansers or soft cleansers.
NO alkaline cleaners not specifically formulated for stone.
NO use scouring powders and abrasives because they will scratch the surface.
4. If A Blemish Appears, Trust an Expert
The great thing about granite being a natural stone is that if you scratch or stain your counter a professional fabricator can likely polish the scratches or remove the stain. Be sure to select an expert fabricator to do so.
We suggest seeking out a member of the Stone Fabricators Alliance to ensure top quality and expertise.