Natural stone is an investment. Not only for your pocketbook but for its durability over time. When you develop a regular maintenance routine, granite countertops will remain lustrous for decades to come. Wondering how to keep your countertops spick and span? For some useful insights, read on!
It's the little things that count. Your daily habits mean the difference between a dulled countertop surface and a bright, shiny one years from now. We recommend following these tips:
- Wipe counters off frequently to remove debris.
- Blot up spills as quickly as possible.
- Wash with stone soap or a pH neutral cleaner.
- Dry counters thoroughly after cleaning or spills with a soft cloth.
- Flush the spill with warm water, detergent, and rinse thoroughly.
- Avoid using harsh chemicals found in products like bathroom cleaners.
- Toss out abrasive substances to clean counters.
- Don't use vinegar or lemon juice for cleaning.
You should also get into the habit of using coasters under drinks or separating anything that could potentially scratch the surface. This includes keeping alcohol away from counters, avoiding placing hot items directly on the stone, and standing on your countertops. Each of these habits works together in prolonging the life of your stone!
If you’ve been busy lately and your countertops have been the last thing on your mind, you may need to do a little extra cleaning to bring them back up to snuff. You also have the option to conduct a deep cleaning a couple times per year whenever you're giving the whole house an overhaul or when preparing to reseal the countertops.
- Select a heavy-duty stone cleaner that will degrease the counter and remove surface sealants (heavy-duty stone cleaners are specially formulated to deep clean stone without damaging it).
- Mix the cleaner with water according to manufacturer directions and apply to the stone.
- Allow the cleaner to sit on the stone for the amount of time recommended by the manufacturer.
- Agitate the cleaner on the countertop with a sponge or soft bristle brush.
- Mop up the soap and water then dry thoroughly.
- Polish or buff your countertops to a brilliant shine with a soft cloth.