If you’re lucky enough to have granite countertops in your home, then you know that they are a beautiful and luxurious addition. However, it’s important to remember that they require a bit of upkeep in order to stay looking their best. In this blog post, we will discuss the best ways to care for your granite countertops so that they remain shiny and scratch-free for years to come!
The best way to care for your granite countertops is by taking preventative measures. This means wiping up spills and messes as soon as they happen, and avoiding putting acidic or alkaline liquids directly onto the countertop.
Cleaning Granite Countertops
In order to keep your granite countertops in top condition, you will need to clean them regularly. Start by using mild dish soap, warm water, and a soft cloth to wipe down the surface. This should be done at least once a day to prevent dirt buildup. For tougher messes or stains or in high traffic areas, consider using our specialty 3in1 Granite Cleaner, that is designed for this type of material. Particular types of messes or conditions may necessitate the use of unique cleaning products to achieve optimal results. A neutral pH detergent can be used
on your granite surface.
Sealing Granite Countertops
It’s important to note that your granite is already sealed when it is installed by Amanzi Marble & Granite. We use a 15-year silicone impregnator. This means that your countertop is already protected from stains and liquids, but it’s a good idea to reseal your granite as needed.
How Do I Know When It Is Time to Reseal My Granite Countertop?
As a general rule of thumb, if water beads on your granite, the sealer is still good. If water does not bead on the surface, it is time to reseal. Call us at 1.855.Amanzi if you have any questions on Granite sealing and re-sealing.
Light-colored Granite Vs Dark-colored Granite
We often get asked about the difference between light-colored granite and dark-colored granite and if there is a preference for one over the other when it comes to maintenance and cleanliness. In general, white granite countertops or light-colored granites tend to show water spots more than darker colors. Don’t be fooled by water spots – they don’t mean that your granite isn’t sealed! Your granite needs a sealer that permits the natural stone to breathe and function properly. The purpose of sealing is to provide a protective barrier against liquids for a brief duration, so that you can quickly and easily clean up any spills or water droplets. If you get a water spot on your countertop due to water, it will eventually evaporate and return to its original color. For stubborn stains from oil, wine, or other liquids, a stain remover should can be used to get the job done. Amanzi Marble & Granite can remove the stain for you at a charge or you can make a poultice and remove the stain yourself.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I cut directly on my granite?
You can use your granite as a cutting board, but because of the hardness of the granite it will dull your knives. We recommend using the cutting board, we leave with every kitchen countertop we install.
How heat-resistant is my granite countertop?
Granite can withstand 1500 degrees F. Putting hot pots or pans on your granite will not harm the granite in any way.
Can I use acidic cleaners on my granite countertops?
No, acidic or alkaline cleaners can cause etching to the surface of your granite. You should only clean your granite with mild detergent and warm water. We recommend using a specialty granite cleaner for tougher messes or stains.
Amanzi Marble & Granite: Beauty That Lasts a Lifetime
Granite countertop care and maintenance may seem daunting at first, but with proper care and cleaning your granite countertops will last for years to come. Amanzi Marble & Granite is committed to helping you make sure that your granite surfaces look as beautiful and luxurious as the day they were installed. If you have any questions or concerns about caring for your granite, please feel free to reach out to us for help! We are here to assist you in making sure that your granite countertop remains a treasure of beauty and convenience in your home.