Granite countertops look beautiful throughout a home, and many homeowners love them. However, you may not be familiar with how to properly care for granite, leading to stains, etching and other issues. Without proper care, granite countertops can quickly look many years old.
Find out how to better care for your granite countertops.
Try to Protect the Surface
Anytime you chop food or set a drink down, use a cutting board or coaster. This is especially important if you work with acidic foods, such as limes or lemons. If you end up forgetting, stop immediately and clean up the area thoroughly to avoid any staining or etching.
In addition, use hot pads and trivets anytime you want to set a hot pot or pan onto the countertop. Although rare, it is possible for granite to crack after suffering "thermal shock."
Stick with the Basics for Light Cleaning
As long as your countertop isn't overly dirty, and you are just doing some general cleaning, you don't need any fancy cleaning solutions. Instead, all you need are the basics: warm water and dish detergent. If you want, you can add a little bit of alcohol to the solution since it contains antiseptic properties.
To create this cleaning solution, mix the ingredients together in a spray bottle and spray the solution directly onto the countertop. A soft cleaning cloth or sponge can be used to wipe down the area. To dry the countertop, use a dry, microfiber towel; otherwise, streaks may be left behind.
Use Baking Soda for a More Thorough Cleaning
If you need to do more than a basic cleaning of your granite surface or if you have stubborn stains, create a baking soda paste. Mix water and baking soda to create a paste that resembles a texture similar to that of toothpaste and spread it over the area that you need to clean. Leave it sitting at least a few hours, and leave it over night for particularly bad stains.
As this mixture dries, it will essentially pull up the stain. After it has dried, rinse the area off and dry it thoroughly. Repeat the process as necessary until the stain is completely gone.
Be Careful with What You Use on Your Countertop
Certain products damage granite countertops. The most common products to avoid on granite are those that contain any amount of acid, such as citrus fruits, vinegar and soft drinks. These things can not only etch the granite's surface, but they can also damage the seal, making it vulnerable to stains.
However, it is also recommended to avoid raw meat, especially on unsealed granite. This is because bacteria can get into the crevices of your countertop, which can lead to cross-contamination issues. Ultimately, you can combat this issue by using a cutting board, then washing down the area really well with warm, soapy water.
When you have tried the aforementioned and your granite countertops still don't seem up to par, consider hiring an expert. The stone cleaning professionals at OC Marble Restoration have the expertise to get the stains out of your granite that have remained out of your reach. Contact us today to learn more about our services.