Granite Countertop Care

THINGS TO DO

Daily Maintenance

  • Mix a few drops of dish washing or antibacterial detergent in water.
  • Soak a soft cloth and use it to wipe the surface.
  • Rinse thoroughly and wipe again with dry cloth.

Cleaning Spills

  • Blot the area with a paper towel or soft cloth immediately without allowing it to spread.
  • Flush the spill with lukewarm water and detergent.
  • Rinse thoroughly and dry the area with a soft cloth.

Removing Difficult Stains

  • Stone poultice is a fine, non-acid, absorptive clay cleaning powder effective in deep-set grease and light cement grout from stone surfaces.
  • Poultice may dull the shine of the stone surface; and if it does, you will need a marble polish.

THINGS TO AVOID

  • Avoid placing hot utensils on the counter, especially during the winter. Extreme or constant temperature changes may damage the granite surface.
  • Do not cut on it directly; use a cutting board to chop or slice eatables.
  • Do not stand on the countertop with your shoes on. You may leave behind scratches.

THINGS TO KNOW

Sealing the Granite

  • Most manufacturers place a resin treatment on granite at the factory. Therefore, all granite countertops won’t need a sealing.

Steps to Apply the Sealant:

  • Clean the surface thoroughly to remove stains. Allow it to dry completely.
  • Spread the sealer over the counter top with a paper towel, foam brush or rag.
  • Allow the sealer to penetrate. It takes around 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Blot any remaining traces of the sealer.
  • Let the countertop dry for 12 hours before use.

On an average, a good sealer lasts for 10 to 15 years. The manufacturer’s instructions are printed on the pack you buy. Read them carefully before using the sealant product.