Granite worktops are a beautiful and functional addition to any kitchen preparation area or bathroom. The stone is easy to maintain and can provide a stunning focal point wherever it is installed. However, although granite can be simple enough to look after, as a durable substance that resists heat and staining – it does require some maintenance if you want to achieve a stunning, streak-free shine.
Perhaps the easiest way to keep your granite worktops looking great is to stay away from bad habits that might damage the material. At the same time, taking a few moments aside each day to dust worktops and keep the surface in great condition.
Clean Up Spills Instantly
Though acidic substances like fruit juice, wine, and coffee will not damage granite surfaces like marble, they could lead to stains if they are left to sit for a long time. The easiest way to avoid problems is to use a small amount of water and a microfiber cloth to wipe down your surfaces after meal preparation, or when they’re exposed to soap and other substances in the bathroom.
Be Careful with the Cleaners You Use
When determining which kinds of granite cleaner to use, keep in mind that acidic and abrasive chemicals could harm your polished surfaces. Look for a specific granite cleaner that you can simply spray on and then wipe off. You could also consider using a granite sealer to help improve the worktop’s resistance against stains.
Remember that dish soap won’t do any permanent damage to your granite, but repeated use of soap could cause a build-up that dulls your natural granite shine. Instead, remember to clean your granite worktop regularly with the right substances to keep them looking their best.
Protect your Granite Where Possible
Though granite will not etch when exposed to bottles, glasses, cans, and even hot pans, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t consider ways of protecting the surface when you can. Using coasters can help you to avoid unnecessary stains that need to be cleaned away at a later time. What’s more, though you can place a hot pan straight onto a granite counter without problems, it is possible for “thermal shock” to take place wherein the stone cracks (though this is rare).
While cutting foods, it’s also worth using a cutting board to avoid scratching the surfaces and protect your knives. Cutting on the stone will eventually damage and dull your knives.