At Minneapolis Granite, we specialize in granite kitchen countertops for Apple Valley and the surrounding areas. And, we get a few questions from customers about how to care for their granite countertops. As experts in the industry, we have learned a few great tricks to help keep granite sparkling clean. That’s why we’ve decided to put together a list of some of our favorite tips and life hacks to help keep your granite kitchen countertops looking as shiny and impressive as the day they were installed.
The Magic of Microfiber
A little old-fashioned dusting can go a long way with a microfiber cloth. Often a microfiber cleaning cloth, even a dry one, is all that is needed for basic cleaning. For times when spills or daily life happen, try to wipe down your granite kitchen countertops daily or as needed using only water.
Keep it Simple
Never use harsh chemicals on your granite kitchen countertops! Once a week wipe your granite countertops down with a damp cloth and a stone cleaner formulated with a neutral pH. Even if you think the stain or mess needs it, never use harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners on your countertops. These costly, complicated chemicals can can scratch, pit, and etch the surface of the stone permanently.
Hack: For oily stains that have soaked into the granite, try a solution made of a cup of flour or baking soda and about five tablespoons of dish soap. Add water to make it the consistency of yogurt. Place it directly on the stain and cover with plastic wrap overnight. Then, wash it away. Be sure to gently rinse and dry the granite kitchen countertops thoroughly.
Have them Sealed
Never had your granite kitchen countertops sealed? Sealing is a regular maintenance task for granite that should be performed every 3-5 years. When we fabricate and install your granite kitchen countertops, we will apply a sealant to the granite that should last for the life of the counters. If for some reason the sealant needs to be reapplied, there is one telltale sign:
Hack: To determine if your countertops need to be sealed, splash a little water on the surface of the countertop. It the water flows freely and does not bead up, it might be time to re-seal your granite kitchen countertops.
Do you want more information about granite kitchen countertops in Apple Valley or the surrounding areas? Call us at Minneapolis Granite at 612-822-3135, or you can contact us and set up a Free Estimate.