Granite is Great: How to Care for Your Countertops

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Granite countertops are a lovely addition for any home. They add elegance and class, and they can even add resale value to your home. We install granite countertops in Minnesota, and we have a few suggestions on how to care for your new countertops after they have been installed. If you care for them properly, they can last for decades.

Always use coasters when you have a drink that has condensation on the outside, especially if you are drinking something with alcohol or a citrus-based juice in it. It is also a good idea to put a pot holder underneath anything that is hot. While granite countertops are heat-resistant, it is still possible to burn them because they are not heat-proof.

Food prep on granite countertops is easy since it is impossible to scratch them. However, we do not recommend cutting food directly on the granite. While this will not damage the granite, it will damage your knife! Granite is the second hardest stone known to man, after diamonds.

Granite countertops are usually stain resistant, but if a liquid does stain them, you can easily remove the stain with a poultice. Oil-based stains can be removed with a mix of baking soda and water, and organic stains can be removed with a mix of 12 percent acetone and baking soda.

When cleaning your granite countertops, be sure to use a non-abrasive cleaner. The countertops should also be sealed at least every year or two to keep them looking their best. You can seal them yourself if you know what you are doing, or you can call in a professional if you have any doubts about how to do seal them properly.

For more information on granite countertops in Minneapolis, call Northstar Granite Tops at 320-963-8677 or Request a Free Quote.