After years of waiting to upgrade your kitchen, you’re finally getting those granite countertops you’ve always wanted. They are pretty and shiny right after installation, and you would like to keep them this way for as long as possible, but how? The key to long-lasting glossiness is preventative maintenance. Luckily, granite is a type of natural stone that is fairly easy for anyone to care for. Here’s how to keep your custom granite countertops in Northern Minnesota looking glossy for the long term.
The word to focus on in this section is “preventative”—the best way to ensure your new granite countertops stay beautiful and shiny is to take precautions against damage. Spills, scratches and stains are commonly found on kitchen surfaces, which is not surprising since the kitchen is one of the messiest rooms in the house.
What can you do to simultaneously protect your investment and protect the face of your granite counters? Granite experts strongly suggest you clean up spills immediately, use coasters to hold beverages, place protective barriers between hot pots and pans and countertops, and cut vegetables and other ingredients on cutting boards.
Clean the granite
We’ll discuss polishing and sealing your granite countertops shortly. First, let’s talk about cleaning granite, which you need to do before you polish and seal. It’s safe to use a mixture of water and a gentle soap for everyday cleaning; there are also granite cleaning products you can buy. Keep in mind that you should never use anything containing vinegar, ammonia or citrus extracts on your granite countertops. Use a cleaner specifically designed to clean granite, as acidic ingredients will dull the stone surface.
Once you have a granite-safe cleaner in hand, apply it to the entire countertop surface and wait a minute. Wipe the countertop with a soft cloth until the surface is completely dry.
Polish the granite
Now that the entire surface is clean, it’s time to polish it. Polishing granite countertops is similar to cleaning them, except the polish needs to set for three to four minutes. After this time, wipe up the polish but keep buffing with a soft cotton cloth until streaks are nonexistent. You know you’ve succeeded when, after polishing, your granite surface shines beautifully.
Seal the granite
Properly sealing a granite countertop slows the seepage of liquids, thereby preventing stains. There’s a simple way to test whether your granite needs sealing: pour a small amount of water onto the surface and note whether the water beads on the surface or seeps in. Water beading on the surface is a good sign you don’t need to seal it; water seeping into your countertop means you will need to seal it after it dries. Get a granite approved sealer, but test it in a hidden area before using all over.
By sticking to a regular maintenance routine, your custom granite countertops in Northern Minnesota have a chance at staying glossy for years. Are you itching for new kitchen countertops? Call L & L Granite Countertops today for installation information!