One of the benefits of having granite counters is that they are easy to care for once they are installed. Besides cleaning the surface regularly, granite countertops do not require too much upkeep. However, like most other counter materials, not every cleaning solution is good for granite counters. It is important to understand how to take proper care of your counters to ensure they last for many years. Caring for countertops takes some time, but the results are worth it. Take some time to learn about some tips on how to take care of your granite countertops.
Ways to Care for Your Granite Countertops
Granite is a natural material, meaning that over time, it can be worn down and eventually take damage. Experts have several different ways to ensure a long lifespan for granite countertops. One of the most important things you can do for your granite countertop is to ensure that it has a sealed surface.
Sealing The Granite Countertop
Sealing your countertop can improve the lifespan of your countertops. Most granite countertops do not require a sealant to be applied, but it does not hurt to apply one when you first get them. Some countertops are already sealed. Newer homes with granite countertops installed are already sealed and do not require more. If you do have to seal your countertops, it is important to get long-lasting sealant. This way, you do not have to reapply every so often.
Regularly Maintain the Surface
You should clean your counters every day. This will take care of any messes you have left behind and will protect it from damage. The best way to clean your counters is to use pH neutral solutions. Acidic cleaners can wear down your sealant and eventually exposed the granite underneath. One of the most convenient ways to clean the surface is with a soft cloth and dish soap.
Avoid Putting Hot Items Directly on the Surface
While granite stones are strong and durable, placing hot items like cooking pots and pans can cause damage to your sealant and stone. Extreme or constant temperature changes to your counter can cause damage to the stone.
Granite Countertop Repairs
When caring for granite countertops, it is important to be on the lookout for any damage that the stone has taken. Issues like stains can be fixed with a quick google search and ingredients that you can by at your local hardware stores. Other damage issues like cracks and chips may take more time and effort.
If you find a chip in your countertop, the best way to repair it is to fill the area with clear acrylic that is almost invisible. An alternative is to fill the area with epoxy that matches your counter color. In the event of a crack, your next steps will depend on the severity of the crack. Most hairline cracks will not get worse over time so getting work done on them is not a priority. In the event of a severe crack that causes a separation in your piece, you will need a countertop expert to come in and make that repair.
Reach Out to GranitePro Today
At GranitePro, we understand that you want your home to be in the best shape possible. Caring for granite countertops is essential for them to last. We offer a number of services to ensure that you can get the countertops you have been wanting. Some of the services we offer include:
- Tile Services
- Sink and Faucet Services
- Countertop Removal and Disposal Services
- Fabrication Services
Stay ahead and be proactive in taking care of your counters. Call 410.870.8546 to speak to one of our experts about granite countertops. We are more than happy to help you today.