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Granite Countertop Maintenance and Care Guide

Granite countertops are the crowing jewel in many elegant kitchens and bathrooms. The most popular type of natural stone countertops for over 25 years, granite countertops are renowned for their beauty and timeless elegance. However, like all natural stones, granite requires a bit of love and attention to keep its shine. If you’ve recently had one installed by Alps Craftsman, or are just looking to gather knowledge, this guide will help you establish a routine that ensures the longevity of your granite surface.

1. Protection Against Heat and Scratches

Granite is very durable, but direct exposure to high heat can harm its finish or even make it crack. When placing hot pans or pots, always use a trivet, towel, or other surface that can help absorb the heat instead of putting a hot pot or pan directly on the surface. Moreover, while granite can resist scratches better than many other countertops, it’s always wise to use cutting boards to avoid any potential marks or damages.

2. Daily Cleaning Ritual

For daily care of your granite countertops, a simple routine works best. Mix a few drops of mild dish soap in warm water. Soak a soft clean cloth in the solution, wring it out, and wipe the granite surface. Avoid using harsh glass cleaners or any acidic solutions like vinegar.

3. Deep Cleaning for Tough Stains

Granite, being a natural stone, is susceptible to staining, especially in lighter shades. If you spot a stain, perhaps from fruit juices, liquids, or toiletries, a poultice paste of baking soda and warm water can come to the rescue. Gently rub the paste on the stain, cover it in plastic wrap that has a few holes poked in it, and let it sit on the stain for a few hours before rinsing with warm water.

4. Sealing: A Protective Shield

One of the key aspects of granite countertop care is regular sealing. Since granite is porous, sealing prevents liquids from seeping into the stone, thus warding off potential stains. For the best advice on sealing products and techniques, contact Alps Craftsman for re-sealing of your countertops.

5. Being Proactive: Quick Spill Response

Accidents happen, especially in the kitchen. If there’s a spill, especially acidic substances like coffee or wine, blot it up immediately with a soft cloth. Wiping can spread the liquid, increasing the risk of staining.

Contact Alps Craftsman for Granite Countertops Today

While granite countertops are undeniably robust, maintaining their original luster and beauty requires a consistent care routine. Now, with this guide, keeping your countertops clean and gleaming is straightforward and stress-free. Looking to install or consult on granite countertops? Head over to Alps Craftsman today for expert advice and impeccable service. Let’s preserve the beauty of your granite together!

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