Granite Countertop Maintenance
Cleaning your granite countertop can get tricky, as natural stones are porous and should allow liquids to penetrate their surface, which could potentially cause stains. The simplest way to prevent this from happening is to properly seal and clean your granite countertops regularly.
Sealing your countertop is easy and relatively inexpensive. First, perform what’s colloquially referred to as the ‘paper towel’ test to work out whether sealing your granite is important. To do this, just soak a towel without printing in water and place it on the counter. Wait about 5 minutes before removing it. If the world under the towel is dark from the water soaking into the granite, then you’ll get to apply a sealant. When applying a sealant to your granite countertop, it’s important to follow these steps:
- Spray the entire surface evenly with a sprig cleaner, then wipe it down with a paper town and wait a few minutes until the surface is totally dry.
- Uniformly apply the sealer using either a sprig bottle or a clean white rag or brush. Let the sealant absorb for 20-25 minutes.
- After 20-25 minutes, apply a little amount more on your granite with a clean, dry rag.
- Then wait at least two hours and apply a second application of sealant while repeating these steps. After the second time through these steps, your granite should be properly sealed.
Once you’ve sealed your granite, you’ll get to clean it habitually about once every 2 weeks, not only to urge obviate dust and other messes but also to prevent a buildup of dirt and grime. While name all-purpose cleaners are recommended, there are quicker and easier ways to make an inexpensive and effective granite cleaning solution to take care of the surfaces in between cleanings with proper products. The most widely used concoction is a mixture of denatured alcohol and water. Denatured alcohol may be a common household product, and may be found in any local home improvement store. In a spray bottle or bucket, mix 1 part ethyl alcohol to 4 parts water. The alcohol will kill bacteria and is safe to use on a granite surface. It is safe for use around children and pets, and no residue is left behind after cleaning!
Many homeowners are forced to exchange or repair their granite countertops thanks to not maintaining cleaning and maintenance. For more questions about granite countertop maintenance, or any inquiries about countertop repair or installation, call Edstone Inc Countertops today and request a quote.