Maintaining Your Granite Countertops For Years to Come

Maintaining Your Granite Countertops For Years to Come

It is probably safe to say that you spent a good chunk of money on your Gilbert countertops, so why not take a little time to maintain them to keep them looking new and staying functional for years to come. There are a few simple things you should do and you should avoid, ensuring proper maintaining of your countertops.

Take for instance, applying a granite sealer to your countertop. It is important that once you have your Gilbert countertops installed, that you properly seal them with a granite sealer. This is because granite is a porous stone and can be easily scratched or damaged. If your countertop is not sealed it is more susceptible to stains from oil, wine, and other substances, such as mustard.

When cleaning your Gilbert countertop, you will want to avoid the use of glass cleaners, degreasers, and other cleaning products with bleach. These products contain acids in them that can scratch and damage the countertop surface. If you happen to use these cleaners, over time your granite sealer will start to break down and weaken its protection. Once the granite sealer has weakened, it will leave your Gilbert countertops more prone to unwanted stains. Avoiding other cleaners, such as vinegar, ammonia, and citric acid cleaners like, lemon or orange, will help eliminate the potential weakening of the sealer and prevent any unwanted scratches to the countertop surface. Bathroom cleaners, as well as tile and grout cleaners are other chemicals to avoid because they contain harsh abrasives, also causing scratches and damage to the granite sealer.

 

Using warm water and plain soap can cause soap build-up over time and eventually cause the countertop to lose its glossy shine. The simplest and best way to clean your Gilbert countertop is to use warm water and biodegradable, phosphate-free dish soap, along with a soft sponge or dishtowel. This is one sure way to not damage the surface with any scratches. There are special cleaners that can be purchased at home improvement stores, specifically made for cleaning granite.