Updated: Jan 12, 2022
Granite is a stylish, timeless, and beautiful worktop that will bring out the best in almost every kitchen. No wonder why this is a popular choice for many people when choosing a design for their kitchen countertops. Now having a stylish granite countertop is one thing, but maintaining it is a completely different feat. That’s why we have put together some top tips on how to keep your granite countertops in mint condition.
Consistency is key
When it comes to any type of cleaning, cleaning as often as you can is the key to good maintenance. Cleaning granite countertops is no different, in fact, it is extremely easy to clean. Simply use a damp cloth with mild soap and wipe down the countertop. Then you can dry off any excess water or residue with a dry cloth.
It is important to not use abrasive cleaning products on your surface. Using metal pads and detergents can damage the surface. Try to stay away from these where possible or speak to the supplier to see what they would recommend for the specific product.
It is also important to take into account your situation and how often you should be cleaning. If you rarely use your surface then you might only have to clean it a few times a week or a month. However, if you use it for cooking or eating every day then it would be more beneficial to clean your kitchen worktop daily and after usage.
Stay away from harmful liquids
Many people will have their granite countertop in their kitchen which means it can be easily exposed to potentially harmful liquids. Not all countertop surfaces will be stain-resistant and can differ based on their surface material. These types of liquids can include juices, wines, oven cleaners, oil, vinegar, lemon juice, paint removers etc. If left on the surface for a long duration of time, it can cause long-term damage to the surface and may even need replacing.
But fear not, if you have accidentally spilt anything on your surface it is important to clean it up as quickly as you can. Try to remove most of the substance as you can using the cleaning method that we stated in the previous tip.
Try minimise damage
As simple as it sounds, minimising the amount of damage or potential damage to your surface can help reduce the amount of wear. With the surface being in the kitchen, you would be surprised by the amount of damage that can actually happen to your surface. Leaning or sitting on the surface can cause it to damage or crack over time. Try to minimise the amount of weight that you put on the surface where possible to reduce the chances of this happening.
Another way you can stop your surface from being damaged is by using butcher blocks or chopping boards for your cooking. Knives can leave long-lasting scratches on granite countertops and by using a chopping board you can massively reduce this risk.
We hope that you have learnt some new ways on how to keep your granite countertop in the best condition possible. If you want to find out more about granite surfaces or just want to speak to a professional, make sure to get in touch with a member of our team at Set In Stone.