Granite countertops are a minor yet important home investment. Fortunately, unlike most investments, the care and maintenance of St. Louis granite countertops boils down to just a few simple steps that you can easily perform on your own. WikiHow.com teaches you how to keep this essential kitchen component looking like new for years:
Perform daily maintenance
The easiest way to clean a granite countertop is to wipe it with “warm water and a few drops of dish washing detergent or antibacterial detergent using a soft cloth.” This is a gentle way to clean the grime and grease from your counter, and it’s highly unlikely to damage the material. Be sure to “rinse the surface thoroughly with clean water and dry with a soft cloth,” according to the website.
Perform heavy duty cleaning
“When granite has been neglected, you will need to use a heavy-duty stone and degreaser to effectively remove dirt, grease, and grime,” Wikihow.com recommends. “These products are concentrated and designed to deep clean without damaging the stone. It’s important to follow manufactures instructions carefully.”
If you have hard-to-remove stains on your granite countertop, WikiHow.com recommends using a poultice. “Stone poultice is a fine, non-acid, absorptive clay cleaning powder that removes deep-set oil stains, grease and light cement grout haze from natural stone” the website describes. “The poultice may dull the shine of the polished stone. Use a marble polish to restore the natural shine,” WikiHow.com adds
When to Use a Sealer
It is recommended that you use a high quality granite countertop sealer to prevent the stone from absorbing liquids and oils that can stain its surface. “The sealant product should last ten to fifteen years and be of an oliophobic (resistant to water and oil based stains) type. Once properly sealed, the stone will be more resistant,” advises WikiHow.com.
If you need more help, trusted installers of kitchen countertops in St. Louis like Granite Busters, Inc. can provide more advice on cleaning and sealing your granite countertop. Such companies live and breathe granite countertops, so to speak, making them the right people to talk to regarding the correct care and maintenance of your most prominent kitchen accessory.
(Article Excerpt and Image from How to Take Care of Granite Countertops, Wikihow)