Living with Granite countertops requires some upkeep and maintenance but none of the tasks are difficult. Granite is a natural stone and has a porous surface leading to potential for liquids and oils to penetrate the surface and cause stains. A reputable countertop contractor will apply the proper granite sealer before the countertops are installed. This step is applied after the stone has been polished to your requested final finish.
Once your countertop has been sealed and installed, it is important that you understand how to care for granite countertops to ensure your investment maintains its beauty and functionality for years to come.
Be aware that many commercial cleaners contain acids and abrasives. Even heavily scented dish soap can be too harsh for many hard surfaces. Always check the ingredients if you are in doubt. The recommended method for disinfecting your granite surfaces is a 50/50 mix of isopropyl alcohol and water combined in a spray bottle. Spray to lightly cover the surface and allow the solution to sit for five minutes. Wipe dry with a microfiber cloth or soft absorbent towel.
Though honed and leathered surfaces can leave a more open porous surface than a high gloss polish, a professional sealer is excellent protection for all types of surfaces. Sealers penetrate the open tiny cracks and crevices to prevent stains from being absorbed into the stone. Sealer must be re-applied every few years because the product can wear down and leave the surface open to damage (think about why you wax a car).
A sure test to determine when it is time to reseal is to sprinkle a few drops of water on the surface of your countertop. If the water remains beaded on the surface for several minutes instead of absorbing, then your sealer is fine. If the water soaks into the surface, it is time to re-apply!
The professionals at Keystone GraniteWerks can recommend the best products for cleaning and sealing your granite countertop. Contact us today to speak with one of our experienced team members.