Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Granite Counter Care

Whether you're thinking of installing granite countertops, or you already have them I have some tips on how to care for this stone.

1. Granite is a worry-free countertop surface; no need to lose sleep over people ruining the counters, for the most part granite is resistant to scratches, staining, or cracking. Even hot pots and pans set directly on the stone won't damage it!

2. If you've bought a house with existing granite counter tops you will want to do a water test to find out if the sealant is up to date. Simply pour a few drops of water on the counter, if it beads up the sealer is fine, if it soaks in pretty quickly you will want to seal the counters before you start using them, and then again once a year or so to keep them looking their best.

3. For day-to-day cleaning you can simply use a soft cloth and some sudsy water. Never use an abrasive cleaner on stone; over time they can etch the surface. Retailers also carry specialized stone counter care kits. These have a sealer and cleaner in one so you protect you counter on a day-to-day basis.

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