Maintaining Your Granite Countertops

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Granite is is formed from volcanic magma and is one of the hardest natural stones on earth. It has a reputation for being a great building stone and is commonly installed in homes as kitchen countertops. It is a durable material that can resist heat and endure years of normal wear and tear. Aside from its durability, it ranges in color and pattern, providing a beautiful aesthetic appeal.

Granite does, however, require regular maintenance. In addition to regular cleaning, it should also be properly sealed because stains can be difficult to remove from granite.  It is also very prone to cracking.

Professional granite installers recommend resealing of granite countertops every three years. To preserve the quality of your marble countertops, refrain from setting glasses, knives, or hot pans directly on them. Use pads or chopping boards underneath kitchen utensils to prevent stains. Manage spills by wiping them with a dry towel. To prevent permanent stains and discoloration, make it a habit to clean spills right away. Do not allow citrus fruits, pure vinegar, bleaches, or alcohol products to have direct contact with granite because the chemical reaction between them can make the surface dull. Always inspect the countertop to make sure there is no cracking or shifting, especially around the edges. Furthermore, to maintain the gleam of the granite, it is important to polish it regularly.

To keep the granite countertop clean, do not utilize usual household cleaners because most of them are too harsh for the material or may contain high pH, which can scratch, pit, and etch the surface of the stone. Use a cleaning product that has a neutral pH level and a microfiber cloth to reduce leaving excess fibers on the counter. Clean the countertop according to the directions stated on the container of the cleaning product. For stains that are oily, make a solution made of flour or baking soda and 5 tablespoons of dish soap. Place the dressing right on top of the stain and cover it with plastic wrap overnight.  It is fine to add a little water to make it easier to spread.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
http://www.alanandheatherdavis.com

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