A granite countertop can go a long way in making your kitchen or bathroom
look stunning, but your
granite countertops near Baltimore need to be maintained. To keep your granite looking beautiful and stunning
as the first day you bought it, here are a few tips.
Make Sure It’s Sealed
Whether you have a bathroom or kitchen countertop, make sure your granite
has been, and continues to be, properly sealed. Applying a granite sealant,
about once or twice a year, will go a long way toward preserving your
granite. The sealant will prevent stains and etching from damaging the
granite. To check if you have sealant, or need more of it, put a few drops
of water on the granite. When properly sealed, the water will bead up
and won’t penetrate the countertop. If the water is absorbed, you
should apply a granite sealant. The sealant should easily spray or wipe
onto the granite. Always be sure to follow the label’s instructions clearly.
Keep it Clean
For your granite kitchen countertops or flooring, it’s best to maintain
a regular cleaning schedule. As soon as a spill occurs, clean it up to
avoid staining the granite. Be careful with what cleaning product you
use, as certain kinds might be too abrasive and can scratch the granite.
Use a soft cloth or sponge with warm water when cleaning your countertop.
Use a dry mop or a vacuum cleaner for your floors. If something spills
on the floor, use the same method you would with your countertops.
Take Care of Stains Immediately
Your granite countertops may get stained occasionally, especially if you
don’t have a proper seal on them. Granite is a porous material and
will absorb liquids easily and probably stain. If the stain is oil-based,
make a paste of hydrogen peroxide, water, and flour. Spread the paste
over the stain, put some plastic wrap on it, and let it sit overnight.
In the morning, use a sponge and warm water to remove the paste. If the
stain is water-based, douse the stain in hot water, place layers of paper
towels over it, and remove it the next morning.