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Jun 17

Stockett Staff

How to Care for Your Granite Countertops in Scottsdale

by Stockett Staff

How to Care for Your Granite Countertops in Scottsdale

Get advice on caring for your granite kitchen countertops.

Granite has become a material of choice for many homeowners. It is a versatile natural stone product that can be used just about anywhere inside or outside of your home, including your kitchen. Granite kitchen countertops combine the beauty of nature with maximum strength and durability.

Owing to its high density, granite doesn’t harbor bacteria. Furthermore, granite doesn’t react to acid or require a lot of care. If you don’t maintain your granite countertops in Scottsdale properly, however, they could absorb liquids and impurities and become hazy, dull, and discolored. Below are some maintenance tips that will keep your granite countertops looking as good as new.

Apply a Sealer

Granite typically lasts for years, maintaining its original luster and beauty. However, granite is a porous stone that absorbs water, so hard water deposits can eventually build up on the surface. This can stain your granite countertops and affect their natural beauty. Moreover, grease, cooking oils, fruit juice, and anything with color can seep into small, natural fissures in the granite and create stains that are very difficult to remove.

Sealing your granite countertops can create a shield that prevents staining. You should seal your granite countertops before you start using them. The sealer should be applied to the surface of the granite as well as to holes and edges where the fixtures will be installed.

High-quality granite sealers provide protection for up to ten years, but check the product label to be sure. You’ll know it’s time to re-seal granite if it starts to darken when it’s wet. A test you can perform to determine whether your countertops need to be re-sealed is to sprinkle some water on the surface. If the water creates round beads, it is sealed. If the water doesn’t create round beads, you need to re-seal it.

Keep in mind that a sealer won’t make your granite countertops stain-proof. What it will do is give you more time to clean up any spills. Whenever you spill something on your granite countertops, wipe it up with a wet sponge right away to keep your countertops looking great.

Daily Maintenance of Your Granite Countertops

Clean your countertops with warm water, a non-abrasive soft sponge, and mild soap. Dry off your granite countertops with a soft, dry cloth. Keeping your countertops dry when they are not in use will prevent surface deposits from forming. Avoid cleaning your granite countertops with strong chemicals, steel wool pads, and abrasive cleaners because they can degrade the surface of the granite and make it more susceptible to stains.

Limescale consists of natural mineral deposits found in drinking water. Limescale appears on surfaces that come into contact with water that dries naturally. As the water evaporates, mineral deposits are left behind on the surface. You can remove limescale from your granite countertops with a hot water/white vinegar solution. Let the solution sit on the stain for at least 20 minutes, clean it off with a wet sponge, and then dry.

To prevent your granite countertops from staining, avoid letting water pool around the faucets. You should also avoid leaving wet cloths and sponges on your granite countertops because they hold water. When the water evaporates, it may cause limescale to be deposited on the surface of the countertops. In addition, avoid dropping sharp objects on your granite countertops because they can damage the surface.

Granite Countertops in Scottsdale from Stockett Tile & Granite Company

Stockett Tile & Granite Company is a leading granite fabrication and installation company in Arizona. We take great pride in our diverse selection of granite countertops in Scottsdale. Please give us a call at 623.344.8400 or contact us online to request an estimate or learn more about our services and materials.