Granite Countertop Care 101 – How to Keep Them Looking Great

You’ve finally invested in a bathroom renovation and installed the granite countertops you’ve been dreaming of. Now, the question is how do you keep them looking great for years to come? It’ll only stay your dream bathroom if it’s maintained and cared for over time. For questions and tips, visit your Jacksonville bathroom store, First Coast Supply. We believe in helping our customers keep their homes looking great even after the renovation is completed.

 

Benefits of Granite

Granite is a great addition to a kitchen or bathroom for its durability, style and ease of care. Granite works especially well in homes with pets or children because, when cared for properly, you don’t have to worry about your countertops being easily destroyed.

 

Benefits:

  •     Less porous than marble
  •     Great for bathrooms and kitchens
  •     Bacteria resistant
  •     Resists stains when sealed
  •     Adds to home’s value
  •     Durable from heat

If you’re building or renovating a home, granite offers a large selection of colors and styles that work well with any design palate.

 

How to Care for Granite Countertops

1 – Protect with Solvent-Based Sealer

When you install your countertops, have your professional counter expert seal the granite countertops with a solvent-based sealer. The sealer protects your countertops from stains. For best results, reseal the granite countertops every two to four years. The seal can deteriorate over time, and acidic substances can erode the seal.

 

2 – Clean Up Spills Quickly

Even with a sealed countertop, liquids can damage or stain the surface of the counters. This is especially true with acidic liquids like vinegar. To maintain the quality of your countertops, clean up spills quickly.

 

3 – Wash with Warm Soapy Water

Because granite countertops are easy to care for, the best method to clean them is with warm, soapy water. Never use an abrasive sponge or cloth on your counters. Also, products containing vinegar can compromise the seal more quickly. Simply use a mild soap, like dish soap, and a soft cloth to clean the granite.

 

4 – How to Remove Stains

For those difficult to remove messes, take the time to clean them properly! Never use abrasives or harsh cleaning substances, both can damage your countertops. Instead, make a paste of half baking soda and half water. Apply the solution to the stained area and let sit for several minutes. Wipe the baking soda solution off with a damp cloth and repeat as needed. This will help keep your countertops looking great without unnecessary damage.

 

Granite is an Excellent Choice

If you’re considering granite countertops for your bathroom or kitchen remodel, you’ll find it’s an excellent choice. The durability and style of granite offers an upscale look to any home without the maintenance of some other high-end products. Especially for homes where countertops get a lot of use, granite is an excellent choice.

 

For kitchens, granite is great for its heat-resistance and easy clean up. Granite makes a great surface for cooking and eating. For bathrooms, granite is great for the daily messes of getting ready. Its durability makes clean-up of common spills like toothpaste, make-up and water easy and stress-free.

 

If you’re ready to install granite countertops in your home, visit your Jacksonville bathroom store and the First Coast Supply Showroom for inspiration and design options. We have a selection of countertop options to help you find the perfect solution for your home.

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