How to Clean & Preserve Your Granite Countertops

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 cleaning-granitegoing 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.
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With over 20 years of working in the greater Fulshear/Katy market, RE/MAX Realty West has become an integral part of the community and the number one choice for clients to find their next home. We are intimately familiar with the rich history and the wonderful communities that this area has to offer, not only because we work here, but because this is the community that we, ourselves, call home. As a friendly, boutique office, our goal is to provide our clients with an unequaled level of service. Whether you are finding the right home or looking to put your current house on the market, RE/MAX Realty West can help you every step of the way. Our experience helps clients find the right home, in the right location. We specialize in the greater Fulshear and Katy communities including Weston Lakes, Fulbrook, Cross Creek Ranch, Fulshear Creek Crossing and Firethorne. We also serve the acreage communities along the FM 359 corridor, which include the quaint neighborhoods of River Forest, Texana, Woods Edge and Grand River. Additionally, we handle the large Katy Master Planned Communities including Cinco Ranch, Seven Meadows and Grand Lakes.
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