Granite countertops are an excellent choice due to their highly durable material and strong ability to hold up against daily use and contact. Granite countertops are also less likely to stain and become discolored compared to other countertop materials. Although granite is a highly durable material, maintaining its upkeep is still vital for preserving its quality. If you own granite countertops and protecting the quality of your granite is important, knowing how to seal and properly clean your countertops is essential. Here is how you do so:
Cleaning Your Granite Countertops
An important factor in the upkeep of your granite countertops is how often they are cleaned. Cleaning your countertops on a regular basis prevents any possible staining that could occur from lingering remnants such as food or sauces. To thoroughly clean, create a simple mixture with dish soap and water and apply it directly to your countertops using a spray bottle, using a microfiber cloth to wipe completely dry.
You should avoid harsh products that include chemicals such as ammonia, vinegar, and bleach as they could damage the granite. Instead, use cleaning supplies specifically designed for granite material.
Sealing Your Granite Countertops
Another crucial component in preserving the quality of your granite is sealing your countertops. In the installation process, sealing is the last step and gives the material protection from damage and its polished look. Sealing helps guarantee that your countertop will be free of discoloration, stains, and scratches.
After the first sealing is done during the installation process, we recommend sealing your countertops yearly or every two years to preserve their quality. Sealing is a process that you can do yourself, but it is recommended that you hire a professional to guarantee it is done properly.
How to Seal Your Granite Countertops:
- Use a natural stone cleaner to wipe your countertops and allow the area to dry.
- Dip and fully coat a soft cloth in the sealant (make sure it is fully coated but not dripping wet)
- Using the coated cloth, apply the sealant completely over the countertops ensuring that the edges and corners are covered in the sealant as well.
- Wait 10 minutes for the first coat of sealant to dry and then apply another. Once both coats are applied, leave the countertops untouched for 24 hours.
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