When selecting countertops for your kitchen or bathroom, there are a lot of factors that go into that choice. One of the biggest is durability, cost and maintenance. Homeowners want their countertops to be durable so they will last and look beautiful for many years to come. They also don’t want to spend a lot of money but when it comes to natural stone countertops vs. synthetic laminate, the extra money is well worth the price.
Natural stone countertops, especially granite, give a rich, sophisticated look to any kitchen or bathroom and hold up much better over the years compared to cheaper countertop options. However, for as wonderful and gorgeous as granite countertops are, some people worry they might be too much work and the upkeep on them too much of a hassell.
Arch City Granite will show you how much maintenance granite countertops require and how easy it is to maintain their original brilliance.
All countertop types have “rules”
There are a few rules with granite countertops but do not let that intimidate you. All types of countertops have a few rules because no countertop type is impervious to damage. For instance, laminate countertops scratch very easily and can discolor or burn if hot pots come in direct contact with them. Quartz countertops are non-porous and stain proof, however they also cannot handle direct heat from pans either. Marble countertops can take the heat, but as one of the softer stones, can etch or scratch without careful attention. You need to know the rules of your countertop before you have them installed and this is the same for granite. The do’s and don’ts are simple, but necessary to know.
The do’s and don’ts for granite countertops
You decided you love the look of granite, the price tag fits and now you are wondering how much maintenance does granite require. They require very little effort but it is important to know how to care for them so you do not accidentally damage them.
- DO wash them with warm water and soap.
- DO use a soft rag on your granite countertops.
- DO occasionally clean them down with stone cleaners such as Rejuvenata spray from Dry-Treat. Your countertops were sealed when they were installed, but this cleaner has a small amount of stone sealer to keep your countertops from becoming porous.
- DO wipe up liquid spills immediately, especially acidic juices such as lemon juice, vinegar, soda pop and wine. Dark colored or acidic juices can stain or etch your granite.
- DON’T use harsh, abrasive cleaners or rough and scratch sponges as this can cause deterioration in your stone as well as micro scratching and wear down the protective sealer. Steer away from ammonia and bleach specifically.
- DON’T use powdered or cream cleansers on your marble as it is highly abrasive.
- DON’T sit or stand on your granite countertops. While they are sturdy, very durable and heavy duty, they can crack under enough weight.
These do’s and don’ts are pretty simple and if you follow them, your granite will continue to shine throughout the years. There is no need to worry about the maintenance required as it is just as easy if not easier than most other countertops.
The many advantages of granite
Stones in nature go through many extreme weathering and pressures, which is what makes them so durable. Granite countertops can withstand basic, everyday use in your kitchens and bathrooms beautifully. There are a few small rules, but overall, these countertops are among the most durable you can install. Arch City Granite has a stunning selection of granite countertops, among many other types of natural stone. Our helpful staff can help you make the best decision for your lifestyle and tastes. We love making our customers happy and can’t wait to help you.