Buying your dream countertop takes both time to choose and a significant investment. The last thing that you want to see is stains from the foods you eat. You need to be cautious as stains can build up over time.
While cleaning stains is not a complicated process, it can get repetitive, so you should be careful with certain foods.
Here are some examples:
- Tea: The tannin in tea has astringent properties that can cause etching.
- Coffee: Tannin is also an issue with coffee, especially if ground coffee is allowed to sit overnight in a decanter.
- Citrus fruits. lemons, oranges, and grapefruits all have citric acid which can lead to a dull appearance on your granite surfaces
- Wine: Red wine typically has a pH level of between 3 and 4. It is similar to acid rain which is a known problem for natural stone.
- Tomato sauce: This is full of carotene and tannin, so you need to ensure it is not left on your counter surfaces for extended periods.
- Chinese takeout The ingredients used in Chinese takeouts such as soy sauce, cashew oil, curry paste, and ginger all need to be cleaned up quickly or you will risk staining your countertops.
- Mango: Certain types of mangoes when very ripe can have a pH level similar to citrus fruits and cause staining.
You should be aware of the potential stains that can happen if you leave these foodstuffs on your granite countertops for an extended period.
Wipe up quickly!