Granite Countertop Care
THINGS TO DO
- 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.
- 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.