The Dos and Don’ts of Cleaning Your Granite Countertops

When you take the steps to add granite countertops to your home, you will have to maintain them properly so they don’t lose their shine or get damaged. When you’re cleaning your granite countertops, you must be very careful. Improperly cleaning your countertop can lead to you ruining the natural beauty of the granite.

Here are some of our dos and don’ts to help keep your countertop look as good as new:

Make Sure Your Granite Countertop is Sealed Before Cleaning

One of the most important steps you need to take before cleaning your granite countertop is to make sure that your countertops are sealed. If your granite countertops aren’t sealed, the granite will soak up anything spilled or sprayed on your countertop. To test to see if your granite countertop needs to be resealed, place a few drops of water on the granite, and leave it sitting for a few minutes. Then, check back, and if you see that the water is gone, that means it’s time to reseal your stone!

Use Gentle Products to Clean Your Granite

You don’t need to purchase any intense products to clean your countertops. All you need is a mild solution of warm water and gentle dish soap to help remove any messes. You can find some gentle countertop cleaners on the market today, but we’d suggest asking a professional their opinion before using them.

Don’t Use Abrasive Sponges on Your Granite Countertops

Although granite is a sturdy countertop option, it can still get scratched up when it’s not properly taken care of. Always avoid using any abrasive sponges on your granite countertop to avoid scratching. Instead, use a washcloth or a microfiber cloth to clean your countertop.

Use Coasters and Hot Pads Under Your Dishes

Granite is heat resistant, but it’s still recommended to use hot pads underneath your hot pots and pans instead of placing them directly on the counter. Also, a hot pad can help catch any unwanted food substances that could potentially damage your countertop.

The same goes for using coasters! You should always use a coaster, especially for drinks containing alcohol.

Do you have more questions about how to maintain your granite countertop? Contact the professionals at MC Granite Countertops! While you’re here, don’t forget to check out our online showroom to view all our stunning countertop options.