Granite countertops are the foundation of your kitchen, bathroom, or any room for that matter. They can be prone to etching and staining because of their porous surface. We are going to share with you the best ways to protect your investment of granite and how to maintain their newness over time.
Let’s start with keeping those surfaces clean! If you spill acidic substances on your granite surfaces, such as lemon juice or even tomato sauce, the properties of the acid will break down the calcium carbonate if it is not wiped up quickly. This will dull spots on your granite that are easily visible depending on the lighting of the area. Experts recommend using plain ole’ soap and water and a non-abrasive sponge or rag to clean these surfaces.
Now, what about maintain the newness of your granite? To help reduce any staining or etching issues, you can get a spray sealer to apply to the countertops. This provides an extra boundary layer, giving your more time to allow substances to stay on the surface. You can apply to sealer once a month to best protect your granite.
Sometimes, it isn’t as easy as just wiping stains. Here is a list by the Marble Institute for more difficult granite stains.
- Oil-based stains (grease, cooking oil, cosmetics): Clean gently with a soft liquid cleanser, household detergent, ammonia or mineral water
- Organic stains (coffee, tea, fruit): Clean with a mixture of 12 percent hydrogen peroxide and a few drops of ammonia.
- Rust stains (from metals): These stains must be removed with a poultice and are very difficult to remove. In fact, they may be permanent.
- Paint stains: Small amounts can be removed with paint thinner or scraped off carefully with a razor blade.
- Water spots and rings: Buff with dry, steel wool.