Granite countertops are a valuable investment for your home, whether you’re planning to sell or live in it for years to come. So, you want that investment to last as long as possible. One of the great things about granite is that it is so long-lasting. Unlike cheaper materials, it won’t lose its shine and quality quickly.
If you want the grand aesthetics of your granite countertops to last longer, here are some tips for taking good care of them.
Seal your countertops
There are often questions about whether granite does or does not require sealing. Granite is fairly non-porous compared to other natural stone countertops, so most granite countertops can get by without sealant. However, granite will still absorb liquid if it is left to stand. Since sealant is used to protect the stone, it can help your countertops to maintain top condition over the years. This will help to extend their life in your home.
Clean them regularly
Cleaning your countertops regularly and cleaning them in the right way will make sure they don’t become dull or stained over time. A quick wipe down of your countertops each day will help to keep them in good condition. Wet a soft-fiber cloth and then wring out the excess water. Wipe the surface down with this alone or combine it with a mild dish soap.
Make sure to avoid harsh cleaning chemicals and anything acidic. If you have granite tile countertops, then make sure you also clean the grout lines between the tiles. You can read more tips for cleaning granite, here.
Avoid doing things that could damage granite countertops
Granite countertops are known for being tough and durable. They are impressively resistant to scratches and heat. But this doesn’t mean you should be cutting directly on them and placing hot pans down all the time. Over time, these habits may cause damage, so it’s better to be cautious around your countertops. Use cutting boards and keep direct heat away from their surfaces. You should also clean up any spills as soon as they happen, as your countertop surface could stain if it absorbs the liquid.
Revitalize your countertops
If your countertops start to lose their shine after a while, there are a few things you can do to revitalize them. Simply resealing them from time to time will help to boost their condition. If they need more work than that, then you can have them refinished. Any chips or scratches that occur could also be filled in and repaired. Read more about these processes here.
Whether you’re looking for new granite countertops for your home or want to keep your current ones in good shape, Amanzi Granite can help. Get in touch for all your natural stone needs around Winston Salem, Greensboro, High Point, and Kernersville.