How to Maintain Your Granite

How to Maintain Your Granite

Davenport by Regent Homes

August 11, 2023

Granite countertops are popular for both kitchens and bathrooms due to their durability and natural beauty. However, proper maintenance is essential to preserve their appearance and extend their lifespan. Here are some tips on how to maintain your granite countertops. 

Sealing: Granite countertops should be sealed upon installation and then resealed periodically, depending on the type of granite and how frequently they are used. Resealing will help prevent stains and water damage. To determine if it is time to reseal your counters, perform a water test. Sprinkle a few drops of water on the countertop surface and observe. The seal is still effective if the water beads up and does not get absorbed into the granite. However, it's time to reseal if the water is absorbed or leaves a dark spot on the surface.

Daily Cleaning: A simple way to prolong your granite counters is by regularly wiping down the countertops with a soft, damp cloth or a microfiber cloth to remove any surface dirt and spills. Avoid harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaning pads, as they can damage the sealant and the granite surface.

Take Additional Caution: There are several ways to take additional caution that will help prolong the life of your counters. For example, always use cutting boards for food preparation and trivets or hot pads under hot cookware to avoid scratching or damaging the surface. Remember to place coasters under beverages and mats under utensils, especially in high-traffic areas, to prevent scratches and wear. Furthermore, be cautious when handling heavy kitchen tools or equipment. While granite is durable, heavy objects or impacts from dropping items can cause chipping or cracking.

Following these maintenance tips, you can keep your granite countertops looking beautiful and pristine for years. Remember that proper care will protect your investment and enhance the overall appeal of your kitchen or bathroom.