How to Clean and Maintain Granite Countertops

How to Clean and Maintain Granite Countertops | GreyDock Blog
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Keep your counters looking new and polished with these tips.

Granite is one of the more durable countertop surfaces on the market today. This hard stone has gained a reputation for being both beautiful and resilient and is a popular choice in many homes.

Whether you’re considering installing new granite countertops or have existing granite in your home, it’s important to protect this investment to keep the surface beautiful for years to come.

Day to Day Cleaning

Outside of seasonal maintenance or the occasional deep clean, granite is easy to keep clean. But what’s the best way to clean granite countertops? Most of the time a simple microfiber towel is all you’ll need for dusting and quick wipe downs. For spills, a damp microfiber rag will do the trick.

Use a damp cloth or towel to wipe away dust or spills.

We also recommend a weekly wipe down with a damp cloth and a neutral PH cleaner. Using abrasives or harsh cleaners can scratch, pit, or etch granite surfaces and should be avoided.

Yearly Maintenance

Don’t forget to examine your countertops at least once a year. Look for issues like shifted seams, new or worsening cracks, scratches, and stains. Ignoring small hairline fractures can lead to larger issues down the line.

Granite is more porous than other stone countertops, so make sure it's sealed.

Sealing stone counters is another important task when it comes to seasonal granite maintenance. The easiest way to test whether your counters need to be sealed again is to splash a small amount of water onto the surface of the counter itself. The water will either flow freely in a sheet or will collect in small beads across the surface.

If water beads on the surface, it’s a sign that you need to reapply a sealant. Once sealer has been applied, continue using this method until the water no longer beads. Test your counters in a few different spots to make sure they’re properly sealed.

Sealed vs. Unsealed Granite Countertops

Following these quick and easy tips will help to prevent costly repairs and keep your granite counters looking their best year after year.

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