Granite Care Don’ts

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We are a company that fabricates and installs granite countertops in and around Minnetonka, and in previous blog posts, we’ve covered how to clean and care for your granite counters. So we thought we would take the time to cover what NOT to do when caring for and cleaning your granite countertops.

  • Don’t use harsh or abrasive cleaners on your granite countertops. This could dull the countertop’s surface or cause dark staining.
  • Don’t use acidic cleaners either. This includes hydrogen peroxide, ammonia, bleach, vinegar, lemon and lime. These types of cleaners can also dull the granite countertop’s finish, cause the countertops to stain and weaken the sealant used on the countertops.
  • Don’t use bathroom, tile, tub or grout cleaners on granite countertops. These might be labeled as “soft” cleaners, but they all still contain enough abrasives that the surface of your counters could become dull or scratched.
  • Don’t use an alkaline cleaner that is not specifically formulated for this type of stone.
  • Don’t use an abrasive cloth on them either. Make sure every time you wipe your granite counters that you use a soft cloth.
  • Don’t sit or stand on your granite countertops or allow anyone else to sit or stand on them. While granite is an incredibly durable and long-lasting stone, if someone sits on them on one spot for too long, it could cause damage to the granite.
  • Don’t store liquids or similar materials on your granite countertops. If any liquids like oils, perfumes, creams, lotions, etc. spill onto your granite countertops and are not cleaned up right after the spill, they could cause the countertops to get stained.
  • Don’t reseal your granite countertops unless it’s absolutely necessary. This could end up giving your granite countertops a hazy and cloudy residue. The only time you need to worry about resealing your granite countertops is when an absorbency test shows that you need to reseal them. (An absorbency test is simple. Simply put a drop of water on the granite and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Wipe it up and if you see a dark stain where the drop was, it’s time to look into getting the countertops resealed.)

Are you interested in learning more about granite countertops in Minnetonka? Call us here at Northstar Granite Tops at 320-963-8677, or you can contact us and get a Free Quote.