Granite Kitchen Countertops:
Lately we have been getting alot of requests to clean and restore granite kitchen countertops. People who purchased these beautiful additions are discovering that their once polished masterpieces have become dull, stained, and they have lost their luster.
Granite is a very dense and heavy stone that is extremely durable and has been used for centuries in buildings, public work projects, works of art, and of course homes. But, like any other asset in your home granite countertops must be regularly maintained or they can become permanetly damaged.
According to the research that we have personally conducted, including the contractors that we have spoken with, granite countertops should be professionally cleaned and re-sealed every two years. Every two years you need to remove a microscopic layer of the granite for the purpose of removing stains and hard water deposits. A deeper more concentrated polishing effort may be required if the stone has been etched. The stone needs to be re-conditioned and re-sealed using a special sealer that is made for granite countertops. Because granite is extremely dense most of your sealers will not penetrate below the surface and a sticky residue will remain. A protective top coating along with some polishing and buffing can bring that soft shiney look back to your countertops.
Here are some helpful hints for your granite countertops:
1). Never apply anything acidic onto a granite countertop. This would include bleach, white distilled vinegar, Clorox Wipes, Pine Sol, and hydrogen peroxide. Acid will eventually eat through your sealer and your protective coatings and finally eat the granite. You should only us a pH nuetral cleaning product.
2). Never use any product with grit like Comet. Once again this type of cleaning agent will break down your sealers and eventually scratch the stone.
3). Never allow water to stand on your stone. Water is a solvent if you don't believe me than go look at the Titanic. Water with enough time can break down anything.
4). Use a cutting board. Do not cut your fruits and vegetables directly onto the stone. Once again the blade of the knife can and will eventually scratch the stone.
5). Make sure to use pot holders and towels when setting hot items or liquids onto the countertop. Extreme heat can and will break down the sealer and damage your stone. If you should spill something onto the stone and you know that it is acidic, like wine or orange juice, then immediately clean with water and a pH nuetral cleaner.
I hope you have found this information helpful. Contact me if you still have questions.