Granite is a great option for kitchen or bathroom counters; they are durable, easy to clean and last for a long time… as long as they are well maintained! Although granite can handle the wear of everyday life, it’s important to maintain the upkeep of the stone in order to keep it looking as new as it was when it was first put in.
The biggest piece of advice for Granite maintenance, or quite frankly any natural stone, is to be sure to wipe up any spills immediately and to use coasters under your drinks. Any acidic spills could stain the surface of your counter tops should be cleaned up immediately, in order to reduce the chance of staining or surface damage on the stone. Using a cutting board can also help reduce risk in scratching the surface or stop any juices from staining the surface as well.
Although granite can absorb heat, there’s still a small possibility that the granite could crack from the change in temperature. Using Trivets under your hot cooking ware instead of placing them directly on the stone can help reduce the risk of damage, marks or cracking.
However, we do not recommend using harsh cleansing powders; bathroom or tub and tile cleaners on these stones, for the can dull the surfaces or create texture issues or scratches. Using acidic products or natural cleansers that use lemon juice can also ruin the texture or surface of the stone. Be sure to use a specific stone cleanser that won’t strip the texture of the stone, and to use a protectant after to keep its shine. Using a Microfiber cloth for this product can also help reduce any scratches.
Stone is meant to last and withstand the wear and tear of everyday activity in your home. The proper maintenance can only extend it! Keeping up with daily upkeep, keeping away certain acids and cleaning up spills as soon as possible. Using a protector for your stone will help prevent against everyday use and scratches too!