3 Ways To Take Care Of Your Granite Counters

Posted on: 22 November 2017

If you have decided that you want to have granite countertops in your kitchen and bathroom, it's important that you know how to properly care for it. You don't want to put a lot of money into getting beautiful counters only for them to get torn up in a relatively short period of time. 

Seal Your Granite

While sealing your granite countertop isn't strictly necessary, it is a very good idea. That's because the sealant just adds another layer of protection to your counters. Before you get a sealant, make sure that the counter hasn't already been sealed because that will just waste your time and money trying to reseal it. What you want is a sealant that is going to be water resistant as well as fat and oil resistant. You also want to make sure that the sealant you choose is going to go down into any little nooks and crannies on your counter so that they are filled and not left as a little gap in the sealant. 

Avoid Vinegar

You may use vinegar for all kinds of cleaning tasks, but this is one where you want to just pass up that vinegar. Vinegar is an acid, and if it sits on your counter, it could cause some problems for your counter, including etching it or leaving marks. Cleaning it should be pretty easy, just use some dish soap and water and wipe down your counters. If you want, you can always choose to use a cleaner that is specifically created for stone. You don't need or want to use anything other than those two products to clean off your counters. 

Use Temperature Protection

You want to make sure that you protect your granite countertops from all the various temperature variations out there. That means that when you put something cold on your counter, you want to make sure that you have something under that thing. A coaster or a trivet will work really well. You should also make sure that you use a coaster whenever you put something that may drip on your counters as well. When it comes to heat, then you are going to need to put something under the pan or pot. A trivet will work, but in a pinch, you can use a dishtowel or heating pad. 

If you are going to invest in the money to get granite counters, then you are going to want to make sure you know how to take care of the counters.