How to Care for and Clean Your Granite Countertops
You spent time selecting the look, size, and shape of your countertops – don’t overlook proper care to keep them clean, looking great, and make them last! There is a lot of conflicting information available about the best way to keep your granite counters clean without impacting their longevity. While they are one of the most durable and beautiful options available for new natural stone countertops, some proper care techniques can go a long way in keeping them looking shiny and new.
Tips to Properly Maintain Your Granite Countertops
Follow these simple tips to get the most out of your new kitchen or bathroom countertops in Edmonton. If you have more questions about how to care for your granite counters, or need guidance choosing the right material for your new counter surface, contact the professionals at PF Custom Countertops. We can provide tips geared towards your maintenance considerations, budget, and aesthetics.
Here are the do’s and don’ts for granite surfaces:
• Seal It – Granite is hard and less porous than other counter materials, but it still needs to be professionally sealed in order to keep the surface from absorbing moisture, oils, and other residue from cooking and cleaning. A simple test can allow you to determine if your counter is properly sealed. Leave a few drops of water on the counter; if they bead up, it is sealed, if they disappear after a few minutes, they have been soaked into the granite and resealing should be scheduled.
• Avoid Substances – Rough sponges, harsh chemical cleaners, and acidic cleaners should be avoided for these surfaces. The chemicals and low pH level will degrade the sealant more quickly than gentler cleaners that are still effective.
• Clean Spills Quickly – Clean up a spill as soon as you notice it in order to keep your counter clean. For daily cleaning, simply use a washcloth with warm water and mild soap.
• Disinfecting - Soap and water should be adequate for killing germs and bacteria that can accumulate. Granite is fairly impervious to bacteria, so harsher disinfectants are not usually necessary. If you want a stronger sanitizing agent, try mixing equal parts water and isopropyl alcohol. Spray down the surface and allow the solution to sit on your counter for three to five minutes before rinsing and drying.
Granite Countertops in Edmonton
PF Custom Countertops offers a large selection of granite countertops, natural stone, laminate countertops, and quartz to give each homeowner the final result they are looking for. Contact us for more tips or to tell us about your new countertops in Edmonton, St. Albert, Fort Saskatchewan, and Sherwood Park.
Learn more about granite countertops for your home. Call PF Custom Countertops today at 888-484-0831 to find the best granite countertops in Edmonton and surrounding areas. Come see our showroom or contact us online to get more information.