Despite its long history rooted in ancient durability, stone seems to cause a stir throughout advice columns in interior design, especially in the realm of stone countertops. Their ability to withstand years of wear and tear in the kitchen has made them an easy go-to for almost any homeowner, yet the surrounding conversation regarding maintenance is always up for debate. To seal or not to seal? Does vinegar count as a cleaning product? If you cut out the noise, the basics of granite countertop maintenance are much easier than you think.
Prevention is the Best Practice
Like anything else in your home, the best practice for maintaining your granite countertops is to take preventative measures towards avoiding any issues for the future. This sometimes includes sealing, however the extra precautionary step of sealing is often misinterpreted as being a total necessity for granite countertops across the board. It is important to remember that not all granite countertops necessarily require a seal, and there are many other preventative measures necessary to keep your counters looking great and working well for your kitchen.
Save Your Stone from the Elements
Although stone may be strong, it isn’t entirely invincible. Granite countertops are known for their durability, however cutting vegetables and placing hot pans directly on their surface can make them susceptible to cracks and scratches that could allow for further damage later on. Get into the habit of using trivets and coasters regularly to protect your stone from cracking caused by sudden temperature changes.
Invest in the Right Cleaning Product
Should you spill anything on the surface, be sure to blot it up immediately and clean your counter with a sponge and granite cleaner. Convenient cleaning agents such as Windex and dish soap are easy to reach for, yet they can often dull the shine of your countertops as well as damage the seal if you have one. The best solution for cleaning your granite countertops is to purchase a granite specific cleaner that can wipe away spills from the surface while maintaining a beautiful shine on your counters.
SUREWOOD FINE CABINETRY IS HERE TO HELP
Wouldn’t you love to have brand new matching custom countertops and cabinets? We sure would! Our years in the industry is backed by our immense pride and a portfolio that we believe speaks for itself. We can’t wait to offer you our excellent customer service, affordable prices, and superior products. You won’t regret contacting us online or giving us a call at (410) 913-0834. To see examples of our work and stay up to date on our promotions, follow us on social media on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn,Google+, and Pinterest.