Getting new kitchen countertops at your Twin Cities home is exciting. Chances are, you got them because you had your kitchen renovated, and you are probably enjoying your newly remodeled space. Granite is one of the most popular stones used for countertops, so we thought we would take the time to discuss how to properly care for them. After all, with the right type of care and maintenance, your new granite kitchen countertops could last you a lifetime.
- About once a day or so, make sure you wipe your kitchen countertops down with some warm water and a soft white cloth. You can use a mild cleaner on it if you want, but make sure it is non-abrasive, bleach-free, ammonia-free and non-acidic. But, for the most part, you will not need any type of cleaning product for your countertops. Water and a soft cloth will do.
- While granite is stain resistant, that does not mean it is impossible to stain. We recommend that you mop up liquids as soon as possible when you spill anything on your new kitchen countertops.
- Make sure everyone in your home knows the rules about your new granite kitchen countertops: no one is allowed to sit on them, no one is allowed to do art projects that use glue or paint or other harsh chemicals and no one is allowed to place extremely heavy objects on them. Granite is an incredibly strong stone. It is one of the strongest stones in the world by far. But those are still some precautions you should take to ensure your granite kitchen countertops last for as long as possible.
- When you place any hot objects on your granite kitchen countertops like sauce pans or other items straight out of the oven, use hot pads or trivets underneath. Granite kitchen countertops are heat resistant, but this does not mean they will not burn if hot items are left on them for too long.
- If you are ever worried that your kitchen countertops need to be resealed, drop some water on them. If the water beads up, your counters are fine. If the water is absorbed, then you should look into having them resealed.
Are you interested in learning more about kitchen countertops in the Twin Cities? Call Northstar Granite at 320-963-8677 or you can contact us to get a Free Estimate.