How To Prep Your Granite Hearth for Winter

Posted on Monday, December 1st, 2014 by Arch City Granite

Winter is the season of celebration. Holidays fill the calendar, friends and families fill your living room, and many of your days will be filled by trying to make sure your home is in top-notch shape.

That includes making sure your granite remnant hearth is properly prepared.

A hearth made from granite remnant is more than a functional framing of your fireplace. It’s the centerpiece of your home, the capstone on your efforts to create an environment in which friends and family feel welcome—which is exactly why you want it looking its best.

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Here are two ways you can make sure your granite hearth is properly prepared for winter:

  • Clean it weekly. A weekly cleaning might seem like a lot, but it’s actually pretty easy and relatively quick. And if you do it right, it might be all you ever need to do to keep your granite remnant hearth looking fabulous.All you need to do is fill a bowl with warm water, add two- or three tablespoons of baking soda and use the solution to wipe down the granite.Once the entire hearth is scrubbed down, wipe it down again with clean water. Then dry it with a clean towel and, voila, your hearth is at its best for the holiday season. If you want, you can add a little extra shine to your hearth by using a wax to polish it to perfection.
  • Clean it once for a special occasion. If you don’t have time to clean your granite once a week, don’t worry, there are still things you can do to make sure it’s ready for a big event.First, get yourself a clean towel, a bucket and some specialized granite cleaner. Mix the cleaner with the water and use a clean, non-abrasive sponge to wipe down your hearth. Depending on how long it’s been since you last cleaned your granite, you may need to repeat the process several times.Once you’re done, the hearth will look as good as it ever has—and it will be ready for your big event.

Yes, winter is the season of celebration and your granite hearth is the vocal point of all your parties. Make sure it looks its best by cleaning it—either regularly or just before your big event. For more information about preparing your granite and granite remnants for winter, contact the experts at Arch City Granite & Marble today.

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