Granite has an excellent track record as a material used to make beautiful countertops in kitchens and baths. As of today, granite is considered to be a highly popular material that is found in many establishments across the globe. In general, granite comes with many characteristics making it a good countertop material. Compared to marble, granite countertops have better resistance to oils, water and various types of stains. However, even with granite countertops, there are specific preventive measures to be considered.
Granite countertops don’t tolerate the growth of bacteria and other microorganisms. In other words, granite helps in maintaining better hygiene in kitchen and bath environments. They can also be sealed for even a better stain resistance. To keep its bright and neat appearance, every homeowner must adhere to some cleaning methods.
The surface should be wiped with warm water with the assistance of some soap. Another option to consider is a solution of equal parts water and isopropyl alcohol. Do not use vinegar or bleach on granite countertops. Strong acidic solutions can damage the sealant on granite countertops. Using abrasives (either as a solution or in the form of pads) to clean granite countertops is another bad idea and leads to a dull surface.
One of the best things about granite is that it doesn’t require unique cleaning solutions. You don’t need to spend money on specialized cleaning solutions for everyday cleaning. Instead, you can depend on the homemade solution mentioned earlier; just warm water with soap!
To remove stains from a granite surface, you can use a paste made out of baking soda and water. A mild scrub on the stain followed by a wipe with a soft cloth may do the job. Some stains may need multiple attempts to be removed. If the stain is a stubborn one, it should be covered with the baking soda paste then allow it to dry. Make sure to cover the paste with a piece of plastic wrap. It may take a day or two for the past to dry. Once it is dried, wipe it off and wash the area with some warm water.
To upkeep the appearance of granite countertops, you can use a few drops of cooking oil on a clean piece of cloth and wipe off the surface. It will make the surface more resistant to stains.
Occasional treatments must be done to granite countertops with the assistance of a professional. Unfortunately, there is no DIY solution to address general wear and tear of granite countertops. In that case, you should get the assistance of a professional.
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