Caring for granite counter tops

Granite kitchen counter top

Granite is one of the most popular materials today for kitchen counter tops.  Many people love the beauty, durability, and relatively easy maintenance of granite.  But, there is a lot of misinformation out there about how to properly care for granite counter tops.  Here are a few things to keep in mind regarding granite counter tops.

Common misconceptions about granite

Here are some common misconceptions about granite:

Myth:  Granite is easily harmed by acidic liquids like lemon juice and tomato juice.

Fact:  Granite is a quartz-based stone that is acid-resistant.  Lemon juice, tomato juice, and other acidic household items will not harm granite.

Myth:  Granite is stain-resistant.

Fact:  Although granite is resin-impregnated in the factory, which offers some stain protection, granite is still considered to be a porous stone.  Porous stone is not 100% stain-proof.  That’s why it’s important to wipe up any spills quickly.

Myth:  Granite is so hard that it doesn’t need to be sealed.

Fact:  The process of grinding and polishing granite opens up its pores.  Therefore, nearly all granite needs to be sealed regularly.

Stone care tips

Cleaning granite

Use a pH neutral granite cleanser to keep your granite clean and looking new.  This is sufficient for granite that has been regularly cared for, without any stains or residue.

Deep cleaning granite

For deep cleaning stained granite or granite that has mineral deposits, use a deep cleaner that is especially made for granite.  Typically, deep cleaning products are mildly alkaline and are effective for removing hard water deposits, scale, and lime.

Removing stains from granite

Use a heavy duty stain remover specifically made for granite.  These types of stain removers work best for non-organic stains like oils and fats.

Sealing granite

Granite sealer is designed to penetrate and seal the pores of the stone.  Regular sealing will protect against, oil, dirt, and stains.  Most sealing products are designed to be brushed on, allowed to soak in for a few minutes, wiped off, and buffed for shine.

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