Granite is undoubtedly the most popular stone choice used in counter top installations today. It is an extension of your personality and if it is elegantly planned and furnished it can add value to your home. It is the most durable of all stones – second only to diamonds.
Granite countertops (a natural stone that is a hard porous substance) are capable of lasting for many years. It is unique with pits and fissures all of which makes each slab individual and distinctive.
There are several finishes available for natural stone counter tops – polished (a high gloss, mirror like finish with sharp reflections), honed (a non-reflective satin-like finish preferred for floors, stair threads, and thresholds), and leathered finish (a trademark rough surface and slightly matte look).
Granite’s inherent strength, abrasion resistance and weathering durability is what makes it one of the preeminent materials selected today to make your kitchen and bathrooms elegant.
Granite countertops are bacteria and heat resistant and requires a small amount of attention. It is recommended that you seal it at least once a year and you will not need to worry about stains or scratches. It is also not susceptible to burning or graying which is perfect for low maintenance.
Care and Cleaning of Granite Countertops
Preserving the Beauty of Your Natural Stone
- After installation, to enhance and clean the product finish, wipe the surface with a cloth or sponge using a mild household detergent. Rinse detergent residue using a clean cloth or sponge and warm water.
- Avoid leaving any food spills overnight. Clean with a cloth or sponge with warm (mild) soapy water. Rinse soap residue using a clean cloth or sponge and warm water.
- Apply stone sealer annually.
Precautions – Basic Do’s and Don’ts
- DO use coasters under glasses, especially if they contain alcohol or citrus juices.
- DO use trivets or mats under hot dishes or cookware.
- DO use place mats under china, ceramics, silver or other objects that may scratch the stone’s surface.
- DO place a small rug or mat at entryways to trap dirt and sand from normal foot traffic.
- DO dust counter tops, island vanities and floors frequently.
- DO blot up spills immediately to minimize permanent damage to your stone.
- DO clean surfaces regularly with neutral cleaners designed for stone.
- DON’T use scouring pads, steel wool, sandpaper or abrasive cleansers.
- DON’T use vinegar, bleach, ammonia, other purpose cleaners, bathroom cleaners, or tub and tile cleaners.
- DON’T use alkaline cleaners not specifically formulated for stone.
- DON’T store bottles of cooking oil directly on your counter tops.
- DON’T store metal pots and pans on your counter tops as rust can and will the surface.
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