Custom granite countertops are the perfect way to upgrade your home, and once you have your granite countertops installed, it’s important to follow proper upkeep and maintenance techniques. Not only will maintaining your custom granite countertops make them look great, it will also extend the life of your countertops. Using our granite countertop tips and tricks, you can save significant money in repairs over the life of your countertops.
At SC Granite, we believe in providing high-quality custom granite countertops at competitive prices. Located in Rogers and Fort Smith, our showroom has everything you need for your next project. Here are SC Granite’s top tips for maintaining your custom granite countertops.
Immediately Clean Up Spills
Get into the habit of immediately cleaning up spills to keep your granite countertops looking new for years to come. Depending on the color of your countertops, dark liquids can leave permanent stains if they’re not cleaned up quickly. Wine and coffee are two major culprits of granite stains, but cleaning up all spills as soon as they happen ensures that your granite countertops are stain-free.
Using the Right Cleaning Supplies
Cleaning solutions that aren’t designed for granite may save you money, but can end up costing you in the long-run. Harsh chemicals will slowly eat away at the granite seal, reduce the shine of your countertops, and leave your granite susceptible to permanent staining and damage. Using bleach and cleaners with similar harsh chemicals is often doing more harm than good.
Just as important as the solution is the material that you use to clean your counters. Always use a soft sponge or cloth to wipe down your counters. Simply using hot water and a sponge is an effective way to clean your counters without damaging them. Avoid using cleaning materials such as steel wool or hard-bristled brushes, as they may scratch your granite countertops.
Protect Your Counter From Hot Pots and Pans
While granite is extremely heat-resistant, it’s still a good idea to protect your countertops from hot pots and pans when you can. Simply place a hot pad or other heat-resistant material underneath the pot or pan before placing it onto the granite countertop. Hot pans that are placed directly onto the counter may scratch the granite over time.
Use a Cutting Board
Many homeowners believe that granite can’t be scratched, but that simply isn’t the case. Using your granite counter as a cutting board may damage your countertop and dull your knives. Cutting boards are designed to protect your counters while retaining your knives’ sharp edges. Investing in a simple cutting board costs a lot less than repairing scratched granite.
Don’t Stand On Your Counters
Standing or sitting on your counters may also damage your countertops. While rare, sitting on your counters can cause your counter to crack if it is not installed correctly. Granite is extremely hard, with zero flexibility, meaning it will crack as soon as it reaches its maximum weight capacity.
Using these practical maintenance tips, you can keep your granite countertops looking new for years to come. For more great tips or to start your next granite countertop project, contact the team at SC Granite today.