Caring For Your Counters
Countertops are generally low maintenance. But there are several things you should be doing on a regular basis to prevent your countertops from becoming damaged or worn out.
First and foremost, granite countertops need to be properly sealed. Unlike quartz, granite is a porous material that will absorb liquids relatively easily. Improper sealing is one of the main reasons why granite countertops become damaged. Granite sealer is pretty easy to find and can be picked up from your local hardware store for only a couple bucks.
How to seal your granite
Determine if your countertops need to be sealed. An easy indicator is the water droplet test. Pour a small amount of water onto your countertop. The water should form a tight rounded edge. If not, it’s probably time to reseal your counters.
Make sure your countertops are perfectly clean and dry. Specks of dirt, water, or food can be trapped underneath the sealer and can cause problems with the sealing process.
Liberally spray a small section of the counter with granite seal. Side note: When sealing a large surface, apply the sealer in small sections to ensure an even coating.
Lightly smooth out the excess liquid with the back of a rag.
Wait 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, come back and wipe the counter down and remove any liquid still left on the counter.
Don’t touch the counter for at least 48 hours. The sealant will need some time to sit and absorb into the countertop to create a tight, proper seal.
Sealing your countertops will double or triple the lifespan of your granite. As a general rule, granite countertops should be sealed every 9-12 months. You can always seal countertops on your own, but if you feel the need for a little help, we can come to your home and seal the counters for you.
Remember: Quartz does not need to be sealed. Only Granite and similar natural stones need sealing.
Wiping down your countertops at least once a day will go a long way to keeping stains and blemishes from forming on the stone.
- Wipe any excess water off the counter. Water will start to calcify around faucets and fixtures if left unattended. This calcification can spread to the rest of the counter.
Keep a blunt, plastic scraper on hand for stuck on food and grime. Razor blades and knives can scratch off the sealant or even permanently damage the surface of your counters.
Only use certified granite cleaners on your stone countertops.
Things To Avoid
Liquids with color of any kind like red wine or grape juice, will discolor countertops is left unattended.
Avoid using harsh soaps to clean your counters.
Avoid using Windex, vinegar, or bleach products to clean your counters.
Set potentially wet containers onto a shelf away from the countertops. Things like olive oil containers can leak and cause discoloration on the counter.
- Avoid leaving hot containers on the counter for extended periods of time. Granite and quartz can stand the heat for a short time, but things like slow cookers can leave unsightly discolorations. These stains are easily preventable with the use of hot pads or mats. Quartz is especially prone to rapid changes in temperature.
Don’t stress out. If your countertops are damaged, odds are it’s a pretty simple fix.