Granite is one of the most durable rocks used for making countertops. Granite countertops are unique because it possesses some fantastic qualities, e.g., resistance scratch or dent. However, according to recent research, the kitchen is an important part of the house where the homeowners usually invest a lot of money, and that shows in the design people choose. However, there have been a lot of new trends in kitchen decoration recently, from reused cupboards to black stainless steel. Moreover, over the last decade, granite has become an increasingly used material for making countertop in homes.
Today, granite is still the best of all stone materials, as builders prefer it for new construction. However, the maintenance of these stones is a huge responsibility, so new users must know how to take a good care of their granite countertops. However, here are some tips for cleaning granite countertops.
Make sure your countertop is properly sealed
Granite countertops are made of pure stones, so each tile is usually distinctive. Granite is relatively dense, and many builders seal the slabs before shipping; however, you must also use a sealant as factory sealants can last for many years, depending on the level of wear and tear. However, to check if your countertop needs sealing, contact your manufacturer or do a simple water bead test. Pour a few drops of water on your countertop, and if it beads up, your countertop does not need sealing, but if the water is absorbed by the stone or leaves a splash, you need to seal your counters.
Remove stains and water spots
To remove stains, dark spots or oil stains on your granite rings; use baking soda and water treatment (Make the paste thick as dough). Then, pour the mixture on the stain. Cover the paste with plastic wrap, and leave it for about 24 to 48 hours; the baking soda will absorb the stains on your counters. If that does not work, try to sprinkle corn-starch on the stain. Wrap it with plastic and leave it for some hours; the corn-starch will absorb the stain.
Clean your countertops
Once you have removed stains and properly sealed your granite countertops, you can then routinely clean them as normal with your maintenance cleanings. Wash the countertops with a solution of warm water and a mild soap that does not contain any acidic elements (like lemon or citrus scents or extracts). After you finish washing, dry it with a soft cloth, do not leave the water on the surface of the countertop for too long; as can form water stain. In Conclusion, granite is the most beautiful, durable, and versatile countertop material in the market. When new, its sparkle draws the attention of your visitors. However, if you fail to clean it, its polish will eventually fade away.