Granite Counters - Care & Maintenance
“How do I clean and re-seal my beautiful new granite counters” is the most often asked question we get from our customers. We have the answer for you here, along with a few other tips for keeping your granite countertops beautiful.
Cleaning Granite Countertops
Use a mild liquid dishwashing detergent or stone soap (available at hardware stores or from your stone dealer) and warm water. Only a small amount of soap is needed. Using too much soap may result in a film or streaks. Do not use soaps that contain lemon, vinegar or other acids, as acid may damage the surface of the stone. Do not use powders or creams that include abrasives. Use a soft rag or cloth for best results. After washing rinse thoroughly and dry with a soft cloth.
Bathroom Counters and Other Wet Areas
Counters that are regularly exposed to soapy water may build up a soap film. This can be minimized by using a squeegee to remove water from the counter after each use. To remove a soap film or scum from a stone counter use a non-acidic soap scum remover or a solution of ammonia and water. (Mix about a half cup ammonia to a gallon of water). Warning: Do not use an excessive amount of ammonia, or clean with ammonia frequently, as this may dull the finish on stone.
Kitchen Counters - Food Preparation Areas
Natural stone is porous and can absorb liquids. In kitchens and other food preparation areas the use of a penetrating sealer may be required. This will seal the stone and prevent it from absorbing liquids. Check with us for sealer recommendations for the counters installed in your home.
Preventing Counter Top Damage
Acids can harm the surface of your counter top by etching or dulling the stone surface. Always use coasters under glasses and pitchers, in particular if they contain alcohol or citrus juices. If you spill juice or alcohol, clean up the spill immediately.
Stone counters can be damaged by hot items. Never place a hot items directly on the stone surface. Use trivets or mats under hot dishes. Also be careful with metal, china, ceramic, or other objects that can scratch the surface. Always use a trivet or mat under any container or object than can scratch the surface of your counter.
►More information is available at The Marble Institute of America. As members of the Marble Institute of America (the organization that sets the quality, safety, and maintenance standards for our industry).