We loved the gorgeous granite countertops throughout our open concept kitchen – sellers of 21839 80 Ave
Granite countertops are a luxurious addition to any kitchen and a feature many homeowners look forward to obtaining. A granite countertop, however, just like any work surface, needs special care in order to maintain its original shine and functionality. The easiest way to keep your stone looking great is prevention and the avoidance of bad habits from the beginning. If you follow proper granite counter top care and cleaning procedures . . . you’ll eliminate most potential problems without ever having to think too hard about it or worry.
Here are some Granite Countertops Do’s and Don’ts ( all tips are courtesy of countertopspecialty.com)
Do: Blot up spills immediately.
Acidic substances like wine, coffee, fruit juices, tomato sauce and sodas will not etch granite like they do marble, but they could potentially stain the surface. Cooking oils may also leave a stain if not wiped up.
Do: Clean surfaces using a sponge or soft cloth.
Using a specially formulated natural stone cleaner is recommended to keep your tops in the best condition and protect the sealer, but hot water will do for quick clean-ups.
Dish soap won’t permanently damage your granite, but repeated use of soap will cause build-up (yes, even if you rinse) and dull your countertop’s shine. So, using dish soap for regular granite counter top care is not recommended.
Do: Use coasters under all glasses, bottles and cans.
Again, granite won’t etch and using coasters on dense and/or properly sealed granite is not an absolute necessity like with marble, but using coasters is just a good practice to protect all surfaces.
Do: Use trivets and hot pads under pots & pans.
Yes, you can take a hot pot off the stove and put it right on granite countertops without any problems. It is possible for granite (or any stone or quartz) to suffer “thermal shock” and crack, but rare. You don’t really want to put hot pans on any other surface save soapstone.
Do: Use cutting boards.
Again, avoid the possibility of scratching the surface and protect your knives. Cutting on stone will dull and damage your knives’ edges quickly.
Don’t: use generic cleaning products such as bleach, glass cleaners, de-greasers or other common household cleaners.
These products that you buy at your local store contain acids, alkalis and other chemicals that will degrade the granite sealer (and will etch marble) leaving the stone more vulnerable to staining.
Trying to save money by using these chemicals only ensures that you’ll spend a lot more time and money on you granite counter top care in the long-run.
Don’t: use vinegar, ammonia, lemon or orange as cleaners. Again, most common and name-brand household products are not good for cleaning granite countertops (and definitely cannot be used for marble, travertine or most other stones)
Don’t: use bathroom, tub & tile or grout cleaners.
The powders and even the “soft” creams contain abrasives that will scratch and dull surfaces.
Don’t: sit or stand on your countertops.
Unlike laminate countertops, granite, marble and quartz countertops are very hard, but not flexible and they DO NOT have a plywood backing so too much weight in one spot could cause a crack.
Don’t: store liquids or toiletry products directly on your countertop surface.
Cooking oils, Hair products, perfumes, colognes, nail products, creams, lotions and potions have a tendency to spill or leak and go overlooked.
Be sure to bookmark these handy tips for the care of your granite countertops and if you are looking for a home with this feature, then this dream can be yours by calling Melody Wilson at 780-945-7821 . View this Listing HERE.