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Caring For Your Granite
Natural stone is porous and needs to be sealed on a regular basis, typically at least once a year. The best way to prevent stains, water spots, and and other blemishes is to apply a powerful protective sealant. The sealer can be easily applied by the homeowner, and the process does not take very long. If you purchased your counters here at Granite Countertop Warehouse, we will happily apply the initial coat of sealer for your countertops for you, but it is still highly recommended that you re-apply the sealer once every year. Make sure to speak with one of our amazing designers about our sealer today!
Routine cleaning of your stone is not as hard as you might think, as long as you avoid using harmful chemicals that can cause a negative impact on the stone. Ammonia is one of your worst culprits, and you should avoid using it on your countertops at all costs. When ammonia comes into contact with your counters, it actually eats and dissolves the sealer. If the sealer is not present, your stone will be at risk of staining. One of the most common household cleaners containing ammonia is “Windex”, so make sure to avoid using that product for cleaning your countertops. A better alternative to this is a mild detergent and water, which will work just fine.
Natural stone can sustain heat up to different temperatures, which vary depending on the exact material, but you should always use some sort of mat under hot dishes or cookware to avoid discoloration.
Do's and Dont's
DON’T wait to clean up any spills on your countertops; clean them up as soon as you can to avoid any stains.
DON’T use any cleaners that contains any grit in them for cleaning (i.e. bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners, bathtub cleans.)
DON’T use harmful chemicals like vinegar, bleach, ammonia, or anything with high levels of acid in it for cleaning your countertops.
DON’T use anything abrasive to clean your countertops (i.e. steel wool, dry cleaners, soft cleansers Scotch Brite, etc.) as this could scratch your countertops.
DON’T use any alkaline cleaners that are not specifically formulated for natural stone. These chemicals can cause discoloration.
DO clean surfaces regularly with soap and water, or an approved stone cleaner. Ask one of our designers about our favorite cleaners!