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How do you care for granite countertops?

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Keep granite clean by wiping up spills as soon as they occur with a gentle dish soap and soft cleaning cloth. Avoid using harsh, oily or acidic cleansers that can damage granite.

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Taking the following precautions and using the right products can add life to granite countertops:

  • Sealing the granite surface
  • Sealing the granite with a protective sealant can help keep it from future damage. Owners can check to see if their granite is sealed by placing a few drops of water on the surface. If the water soaks in then it is not sealed.

  • Avoid harsh cleansers and abrasives
  • Strong or acidic chemicals and abrasive materials, including sponges, can damage granite. These materials can also dull and break down the sealant, too. Avoid window cleaners, ammonia, bleach, vinegar or citrus juices.

  • Wipe up spills
  • Reduce the risk of stains from food or liquids by wiping up spills as soon as possible. The oils and dyes from these foods can seep into nonsealed granite or granite with old sealants on it. Plus, acidic foods can damage the sealant.

  • Clean with mild dish soap
  • Just use a soft wash cloth, water and a mild dish detergent for general cleaning of the granite. If it needs disinfecting, mix up a solution of 50/50 water and isopropyl alcohol and spray down the counter top with it. Allow it to sit for a few minutes and wipe up with clean water. Dry with a microfiber towel.

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