Granite countertops are popular for good reason: They are durable and beautiful – a tough combination to find. However, this does not mean they are indestructible and it does not mean that care is not required to ensure they look great for many years to come. You can always turn to Fuller Stone Care for help with marble cleaning, maintenance, and much more. In the meantime, read on to learn about basic steps to extend the lifespan of your marble countertop.
A Light Daily Cleaning is Essential
Everyday, get a lint-free cloth or a paper towel. Use a cleaning product made specifically for granite cleaning. Then clean off the counter and dry it with a dry cloth or paper towel. You should never use an abrasive cleaner on granite because it can destroy the granite sealant.
Take Care of Spills as Soon as They Happen
It is true that spilling on your counter may be a daily occurrence, but no matter how often it happens, the faster you can get the spill cleaned up, the better off you will be. Blot the spill with a paper towel or soft cloth, then clean the area with a granite cleaner. Dry it with a clean cloth. It is important to blot and not wipe because wiping can end up spreading the spill and causing further damage.
Keep Heat Off Your Granite Countertop
Once again, though granite is very durable, this does not mean that you can put hot pans and pots on it on a regular basis. Doing so once may not damage it immediately but it can over time. To prevent this, place a trivet under the heated pan. The issue is extreme changes to the temperature of the granite, which can cause harm including cracking.
Keep Up on Your Granite Sealing
If you want to keep your granite countertop in its best possible care, make sure you are sealing it. Do this to protected dirt buildup and staining. If you have darker granite that means that it is denser and less porous, which means it is at a lower risk of being stained than lighter granite. However, any granite countertop is going to have a longer lifespan if it is cleaned regularly.
Simple, Practical Tips
In addition to keep it cleaned and sealed, never stand on your granite countertops – invest in a good ladder if you need to change lights above your countertop. Do not cut right on your granite countertop – use a cutting board. This is good for both your countertops to prevent etching and to protect your knives, which are not as strong as granite.
If you need help restoring, cleaning, or sealing your concrete, contact Fuller Stone Care at 855-205-0972. We can help with maintenance and much more.