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Granite countertops are renowned for their durability and beauty, making them a popular choice in homes. However, to keep them looking great for many years, proper care and maintenance are essential. Fuller Stone Care is here to help with all your granite cleaning, maintenance, and restoration needs. In the meantime, follow these basic steps to extend the lifespan of your granite countertops.

Daily Cleaning Routine

A simple, daily cleaning routine can significantly impact the longevity of your granite countertops.

  • Use the Right Cleaner: Clean your countertops daily with a cleaning product specifically formulated for granite. Avoid abrasive cleaners, as they can damage the granite sealant.
  • Gentle Cleaning Tools: Use a lint-free cloth or paper towel to clean the surface. After cleaning, dry the countertop with a dry cloth or paper towel to prevent water spots.

Immediate Spill Management

Quickly addressing spills is crucial to maintaining the pristine condition of your granite countertops.

  • Blot, Don’t Wipe: If a spill occurs, blot it immediately with a paper towel or soft cloth. Avoid wiping, as this can spread the spill and potentially cause more damage.
  • Clean Thoroughly: After blotting, clean the area with a granite cleaner and dry it with a clean cloth.

Heat Protection

While granite is durable, it is not invincible to heat damage.

  • Use Trivets and Hot Pads: Always place a trivet or hot pad under hot pans and pots to prevent direct contact with the granite surface. Sudden temperature changes can cause cracking and other damage over time.

Regular Sealing

Sealing your granite countertops is vital to protect them from stains and dirt buildup.

  • Frequency of Sealing: Ensure that your granite countertops are sealed regularly. The frequency can vary based on the color and porosity of the granite. Darker granite is denser and less porous, so it may not need sealing as often as lighter granite.
  • Test for Sealing Needs: To check if your countertop needs sealing, perform a water test. If water droplets absorb into the granite rather than bead up on the surface, it’s time to reseal.

Practical Usage Tips

In addition to cleaning and sealing, adopting some practical habits can help keep your granite countertops in top condition.

  • Avoid Standing on Countertops: Never stand or sit on your granite countertops. Instead, use a ladder for tasks like changing light bulbs above the counter.
  • Use Cutting Boards: Always use a cutting board when chopping food. Cutting directly on granite can cause etching on the surface and damage your knives.

Professional Maintenance and Restoration

For more intensive maintenance and restoration needs, professional services can make a significant difference.

  • Professional Cleaning and Sealing: Regular professional cleaning and sealing can enhance the longevity and appearance of your granite countertops.
  • Restoration Services: If your granite countertops have suffered damage or extensive wear, professional restoration services can bring them back to their original beauty.

Contact Us for Expert Granite Care

If you need help restoring, cleaning, or sealing your granite countertops, contact Fuller Stone Care at 855-205-0972. Our expert team can provide the maintenance and care necessary to keep your granite surfaces looking their best for years to come.

By following these simple tips and investing in professional care when needed, you can ensure that your granite countertops remain a stunning and durable feature in your home. Reach out to Fuller Stone Care today for more information or to schedule a service.