In recent years, the use of granite has become very widespread in kitchen counters and baths. Since granite is not as porous as marble, it is less susceptible to soaking up spills, oils, and stains. Also, granite is quite resistant to bacteria, which is a very important concern, especially for kitchen counters.
Since granite is quite pricey and you want to the granite countertops in your kitchen to look the best, the maintenance and care of your granite countertops are very important. If your granite countertops are in great shape, naturally, your kitchen will look newer and more attractive. Your kitchen appliances and cabinets will also look really good in a kitchen having well-maintained and shiny granite countertops.
While granite is quite sturdy and can handle a fair amount of rough use; nevertheless, you must clean your granite countertops carefully and regularly to retain their glossy shine. You must wipe up all the crumbs and spills as they occur and protect the granite from foods which can stain it and heavy pots and pans which can chip it. Also, the granite in countertops must be sealed to make it resistant to stains. Here are some steps of how to clean granite countertops.
Granite is a natural stone and each slab used to make the countertop is unique. Although granite is fairly non-porous, several manufacturers seal the slabs before they are shipped. However, despite this, you must reapply the granite sealer occasionally. The sealers applied in the factory can last for several years, depending on the wear and tear of the granite countertop.
You can either ask your manufacturer to check if your countertop needs to be resealed or you can perform the water bead test. Pour a few drops of water on your granite countertop. If the water beads up, this means that the countertop is fine and does not require sealing. If the stone absorbs the water or it leaves a watermark, then the countertops require to be sealed.
To remove dark spots, rings and oil stains from your granite countertop, you can use a thick paste of baking soda and water. Place this paste over the stain and cover it with plastic wrap. Let it sit for 24-48 hours. The baking soda paste can help to absorb the stain from the granite.
If this does not help to remove the stain, then you could try sprinkling some corn starch on the stain directly. Cover this with plastic wrap and let it stay for a few minutes. The corn starch may absorb the remainder of the stain.
You could also use other methods for removing stains such as:
Clean the granite countertops with a solution of warm water and a mild dish detergent which does not have any citrus or lemon extracts that are acidic. Using a cleanser that is highly alkaline or acidic can damage the granite and cause it to lose its shine and become very dull.
Wipe the countertops with the solution of soap and water. Once this is done, dry the counters with a soft cloth completely. Do not allow the water to sit for a long time because it will form a water stain.
Buff the granite countertops every day by using a dry microfiber cloth. You can make your countertops really shine by applying granite polish occasionally.
You can add shine to your granite countertop by adding a few drops of cooking oil on a soft cloth and wiping the countertop and then buffing it gently. This not only gives your granite countertop a lovely shine but also makes it stain resistant. Even if you clean your countertops properly, you must reseal the granite periodically.
Regular use and wear and tear erode the sealer over time leaving your countertops dull and prone to staining. It is a good idea to have the granite countertops resealed every 2-4 years. Understanding how to clean granite countertops can help to make the sealer last for a long time and will keep your granite countertops beautiful and attractive for years to come.