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Keeping your granite countertops in pristine condition is a difficult process early on for new owners. A major benefit, when maintained properly, is their durability, as well as their reliability with the same beautiful appearance as the day they were installed.

To maintain their beauty and longevity, it is important to clean them regularly. Granite countertops should be wiped down with a mild detergent or stone-safe cleaner daily to help protect against staining or damage. You can also use a granite sealer every 6-12 months for additional protection. Avoid using vinegar, citrus, ammonia, or bleach when cleaning, as these can damage the finish of the stone.

Finally, it is important to protect your granite countertops from heat and sharp objects. Placing trivets or hot pads between hot items and the surface can help protect against thermal shock. Similarly, using cutting boards or placemats can help shield the stone from sharp knives. Following these steps can help keep your granite countertops looking like new for years to come. With proper care, they will remain a beautiful and lasting addition to any home.


Maintaining this however requires extra attention often, and is part of the reason why they can be such a valuable addition to any kitchen island or cooking area.


What maintenance can I do at home?


Consistently cleaning and keeping the countertops clear when not in use will extend their lifespan substantially. Depending on the seal of the countertop, generally, avoid using acidic cleaning products. There’s a good chance the acid damages the countertop and persistent weight when not in use causes cracks to break out.


A warm washcloth cleans off very efficiently without risking damage to the seal. Resealing will end up needing to happen more often if acidic products are applied consistently.


How often do I need to get my countertops resealed?


There is no set time frame that fits all countertops, the general rule in place though is every 1-3+ years. This depends heavily on wear and tear, and whether or not there is significant damage. Cracks and any breaks in the countertop should be fixed immediately.


Being proactive about this is recommended in large part to avoid future damages that would require a full replacement. Replacements should only be necessary if the homeowner wants to make a material change, or is remodeling the kitchen entirely.


Why choose granite countertops?


As a material, granite has high heat and stain resistance. These two abilities prolong its durability as well, keeping the countertop safe from dirt and grime build-up over time. Also, granite is highly affordable.


Its natural look is fitting for many home kitchen options, and with high color versatility, granite remains one of the most popular materials on the market. However, there are others as well to consider.


The wide variety of options to fit every kitchen is most often categorized by material visual appeal. This includes materials like stainless steel, wood, marble, etc. In the end, the decision comes down to the visual appearance desired.


Try interacting with our design tool and test some options we have to suit any kitchen. This will give you an opportunity to test run a few different color options while saving the trip to go see samples in person. If you have any questions further, reach out for a free estimate to get a better understanding of what we can offer for your next kitchen project.