Granite countertops and floors are usually installed in homes for their elegance and beauty, so you want to make sure that your granite is maintained. Here are some helpful tips on how to keep your granite in its best condition. For more information, consult with a professional who specializes in working with and installing granite in Highlands Ranch.
Keep Your Granite Countertops and Floors Clean
Since your granite is probably located in your kitchen or bathroom, it can susceptible to damage from things like pooling liquid, grease and fats, and food-based acids and stains. Therefore, you want to make sure that your granite is clean. Be sure to use mild and nonabrasive cleaning products. Generally, a sponge and warm water does the trick for daily wipe downs. To treat light stains, use a mild liquid dishwashing detergent. After treatment, rinse your granite thoroughly because dishwashing soap can leave behind residue and streaks that can dull and discolor your granite countertops or floors.
Seal Your Granite Properly
In order to keep your granite countertops and floors looking their best for years to come, you need to seal your granite properly—a process that needs to occur every year or so. At Rock Solid we use a 15 year sealer so the need to seal every year does not need to occur anymore. An effective sealant protects natural stone from liquid intrusion, staining, and scratching.
Remove Noticeable Stains
Like all natural stone products, granite is a porous and can become easily stained. Even with a good sealant, granite is still vulnerable to staining. To avoid staining, don’t allow liquid to sit on your granite countertops or floors, and clean up spills immediately. If your granite does become stained, there are ways to take care of it. For oil-based stains, use a paste made of hydrogen peroxide and flour. For water-based stains, saturate the stain with hot water and blot away the liquid.