How Much Maintenance Do Granite Countertops Require?
You may have considered installing granite in your kitchen but you’re concerned about the maintenance requirements. Perhaps you’ve heard that granite may be susceptible to collecting germs and bacteria because of its porous nature. Maybe you’re concerned that you might have to get it removed and replaced in a relatively short period of time.
Well let’s assuage all those fears right here and now and discuss the facts about installing a granite countertop in your home.
Granite countertops have been the choice of homeowners who are seeking out a kitchen counter with unrivaled durability and resilience. But most importantly, it’s a material that is safe to own in your home. Some consumers have issues with the fact that granite is a stone and therefore it is porous enough to absorb liquids.
While this is true, it’s less porous than marble which is also a popular material used in homes all the time. But what keeps both of these types of stone safe for use is that they are properly sealed with a protective coating that shields liquids from penetrating their surfaces.
Today’s granite countertops come fully sealed so you need not worry about bacterial elements getting into the pores and becoming a breeding ground for germs. That’s not to suggest, however, that you don’t need to be cautious about caring for your granite chantilly va.
You still need to perform routine maintenance on your countertops as you would any other type of material but you should also take care as to how you go about doing it. Like any countertop made of stone or otherwise, you will also need to be careful about minimizing the effects of wear and tear on the surface.
Most homeowners who start cleaning and disinfecting their countertops may reach for cleansers that contain harsh acids such as bleach or ammonia. But granite does not require such high powered solvents to stay clean and using them could actually be detrimental to your counters.
That’s because they can start to dissolve the protective sealant that prevents the pores of the stone from absorbing liquids, so while you’re trying to disinfect your granite you’re actually making it more prone to infection.
While you’re at it, forget about using abrasive cleaning pads or sponges. These too can be effective at eating away the sealant coating and leaving your granite countertop vulnerable to germs.
So then what is the right way to clean your granite countertop? The answer is not only simple but indicative of the amount of maintenance is required. All you need to do is mix some warm water with a mild dish soap. Use it to rinse the surface of your granite. Then grab a nice soft cloth and wipe dry.
That’s it. Couldn’t be easier.
But you may be concerned that warm soapy water just isn’t enough to really disinfect anything. For those of you who would like to implement more forceful measures of cleaning and disinfecting, mix some common isopropyl alcohol with some warm water in a half and half solution. That extra little kick will wipe out those germs and bacteria in one fell swoop…and do so without damaging the protective sealant on your countertop.
Additional Maintenance Tips
So far the maintenance measures for granite seem relatively effortless, but what else is necessary for keeping your countertop in excellent condition? There really isn’t anything you should do or shouldn’t do that you wouldn’t apply to other types of material.
You never want to cut food directly on the surface of your granite countertop because aside from making a mess you’re also putting your cutting knives at risk of becoming dull. Always use a cutting board to prep your food.
Avoid placing anything that is extremely hot against the granite surface as well. Place a pot holder or silicone pad underneath pots or pans or dishes that have come right out of the oven or off the stove. Extreme heat can also wear away your granite’s protective coating.
You should also be sure to wipe up any messes as they happen. Not only will it keep your granite looking its best but, in the event you have managed to wear away some of the coating, you can avoid letting any bacteria permeate the stone. But you would have to be pretty relentless to your granite for the coating to be worn away.
Though it’s also a good idea to have granite re-sealed every few years because normal wear and tear can have an effect of thinning the coating down over time.