New granite countertops are often the biggest kitchen upgrade you will make, so it’s important to protect your investment. Granite is a popular choice for a kitchen surface because of its beauty and durability. And while granite is fairly low-maintenance, there are a few precautions you must take to keep them looking good as new.
To clean your granite countertops,
- Mix mild dishwashing soap into a bowl of warm water.
- Wet a sponge or cleaning cloth and wipe the stone surface thoroughly.
- Wipe surface until all streaks, spills and residue are removed.
- Dry the surface with a microfiber cloth.
To protect your granite, follow these tips:
- Wipe up spills as soon as they occur to prevents stains.
- Avoid using harsh cleaning products that will strip sealer. Opt for a cleaner that is free of vinegar, bleach or ammonia.
- Apply a high-quality granite sealer to your surfaces at least once a year. Sealers serve to not only enhance the shine of the granite, but to give it added protection against stains.
- Avoid placing wet containers directly on the surface.
- Always use a cutting board when preparing food.