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Granite is a popular choice for countertops due to its durability, resistance to heat and stains, and natural beauty. While granite is relatively low maintenance, it still requires proper care to maintain its appearance and functionality.

In this blog post, we’ll discuss some tips on how to maintain your countertops.

Clean spills immediately

Granite is a porous material, which means that it can absorb liquids if left on the surface for too long. This can lead to staining or etching of the surface. To avoid this, it’s important to clean up spills immediately. Use a soft cloth or paper towel to blot the spill, rather than wiping it, which can spread the liquid and make it harder to clean up.

Use the right cleaning products

When cleaning, it’s important to use the right products so try to avoid harsh or abrasive cleaners, such as bleach, ammonia, or acidic cleaners, as they can damage the surface. Instead, use a mild, pH-neutral cleaner specifically designed for this.

You can find these cleaners at most home improvement stores or online. Simply spray the cleaner on the surface and wipe it off with a soft cloth or sponge.

Avoid using abrasive tools

While granite is a durable material, it can still be scratched by abrasive tools, such as steel wool or scouring pads. Avoid using these tools when cleaning or wiping down. Instead, use a soft cloth or sponge, or you can also use a plastic scraper to remove any stuck-on debris, but be sure to use a gentle touch to avoid scratching the surface.

Seal your countertops

This type of countertops should be sealed every 1-2 years to protect the surface from stains and etching. Simply apply the sealer to the surface and let it sit for the recommended time before wiping it off with a soft cloth. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for best results.

Use cutting boards and trivets

While granite is resistant to heat and scratches, it’s still a good idea to use cutting boards and trivets when preparing food or placing hot items on the surface. This will help to prevent scratches, chips, or discoloration of the surface.

Avoid placing heavy objects on the countertops

Even if it is a strong material, it can still crack or chip if heavy objects are placed on the surface. Avoid placing heavy pots or pans on the countertop, and never stand or sit on the surface.

Use coasters and placemats

To prevent stains and etching from drinks or food, use coasters and placemats on the surface. This will also help to prevent scratches or chips from plates or silverware.

Maintaining granite countertops is relatively easy if you follow these simple tips. Clean up spills immediately, use the right cleaning products, avoid using abrasive tools, seal your countertops, use cutting boards and trivets, avoid placing heavy objects on the surface, and use coasters and placemats.