Granite countertops are incredibly popular and look amazing. But due to the nature of the granite, they can require slightly more looking after than other kinds of counters, to keep them looking lovely.
To Seal or Not to Seal
A lot of good quality granite counters do not require a sealant, but you can choose to apply one if you want to add an extra layer of protection to your surface. Granite is already resistant to moisture, but a sealant will double this resistance and protect the countertop from the spills that so often happen on surfaces like this.
If you have a granite countertop, it will require regular care to ensure that it stays in excellent condition. Just wipe it down after each use. A soft cloth usually works well on granite, and a low pH soap or cleaner is best, as the more acidic types of cleansers can wear away the beautiful granite.
If your granite counter falls victim to a particularly stubborn stain such as oil-based spills, use baking soda to clean this up. Combine baking soda and water and stir to form a paste and apply it to the stained granite counter. Let sit for a few hours. Then wipe it with some warm water, and it should lift the stain right out. Because baking soda is a natural ingredient, it won’t harm your counters.
Using a 50/50 mix of alcohol and water is a great way to keep your granite surfaces looking shiny, with minimal effort. By placing the mixture into a spray bottle, you can spray all over the surface, and then wipe it down. Not only will the alcohol in the solution disinfect the workspace but it also acts as a protective layer and can protect against further spillage staining the countertop.
Granite countertops are beautiful to look at, go with nearly any decor and require little maintenance. If you are worried about taking care of your surfaces correctly then just follow the above tips and your counters will be left clean and well protected against the spills from everyday life.
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