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Its smooth surface does not allow liquids to penetrate and that makes it easy to clean. However, use of trivets or heat pads is recommended to maintain your surface. When properly cleaned, it does not support the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria.
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You’ll have it down in no time and can then confidently keep all your countertops looking fabulous for decades.Or worse, experiment with some method that you shouldn’t do.
Stone countertops and floors are very durable, resilient and age beautifully. Yes, it is possible that the stone can become damaged, but avoiding damage is a cinch, and granite repair is almost always possible when needed. Dish soap won’t permanently damage your granite, but repeated use of soapy water will cause build-up (yes, even if you rinse) and dull your countertop’s shine. It is possible for granite (or any stone or quartz) to suffer “thermal shock” and crack, but rare. Also, once you remove the hot pan from the countertop, the surface will be very hot and may burn.
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Cutting on the stone will dull and damage your knives’ edges quickly. Trying to save money by using these chemicals only ensures that you’ll spend a lot more time and money on granite countertop care in the long-run. This type of product “enhances” the shine (like waxing a car), improves cleaning, helps eliminate fingerprints, and provides a slight bit of protection. A topical polish may improve the look a bit but will not correct the problem. You’ll read and hear that you should be sealing granite every year or every three years, but the proper frequency for applying a granite sealer is not set in stone and really depends on a number of variables. For kitchen countertops especially, you don’t want a stone that is too absorbent or a stone that will etch like marble. The surface “finish” of the granite is created at the factory or quarry where the granite slabs are cut and processed. The resulting shiny finish is called a “polished” finish because it has been “polished” to a shine and not because a “granite polish” (product) has been applied. Dull granite countertops are most often the result of some film (like soap film) on the surface. It must either be chemically or physically damaged or covered up by a film. If your granite countertops have become dull, you will most likely need to consult a granite restoration professional.
However, this issue is easily controlled or prevented in most cases by applying a granite sealer. Some granite colors (like most black granite countertops) are so dense that they are nearly impossible to stain and do not need sealing. These are greenish-blue-gray stains that appear immediately after installation of a new granite countertop and are caused by a reaction of the installation adhesive with the granite. So, you may never see a pit in your granite countertop, or you may have many over the years. This is a fraudulent practice, but doctored slabs can be difficult to detect and easily make it into the marketplace. A doctored granite countertop is a real pain because there’s no easy fix. Just like regularly washing your hands dramatically minimizes the chance of contracting a virus or developing an infection, wiping away all foods and spills throughout the day and then washing and rinsing the surface (or use a granite cleaner) daily, allows you to keep your kitchen countertops more or less safe and sanitized. Everything you need to know about granite countertop care is fully explained and outlined below. Then the worry starts to set in, and you are afraid that you’re going to accidentally ruin your countertops. Relax though– it won’t take long, and you’ll soon be a granite countertop maintenance pro!
You don’t need to possess any unique talents or have access to an army of professionals to protect, clean, and keep your granite countertops looking brilliant and beautiful for a lifetime. Many granites and other stones never need sealing, but confusion abounds regarding this key granite care issue. However, if you utilize the granite countertop care and cleaning procedures that apply to all your countertops- no matter what type of stone countertops or surface- you’ll eliminate most potential problems without ever having to think too hard about it or worry that you may be causing damage.
So, regularly using dish soap for cleaning granite countertops is not recommended.
You don’t want to put hot pans on any other surface except for soapstone. Grit that gets trapped between the pot and the countertop surface may scratch the surface–even granite countertops. Even when sealed, a substance that remains on the granite surface for an extended period may stain the granite (and etch marble and other stones). This also serves to condition the stone and help it maintain its overall luster. Such topical dressings are not for maintenance or repair, however, and such products are not what make the countertop shiny. Various stone care products call themselves “polishes” but will have completely different purposes. And since it’s not meant to be permanent, it will wear off with regular use and cleaning. Of course, you should also perform the water test upon installation, if you didn’t do it while shopping, to determine if your natural stone even needs sealing. Huge machines utilize intense grinding and friction processes to smooth the surface so much that it becomes reflective and shiny. Granite is so hard that even years of normal use will not wear away the finish and the finish does not just go dull.
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And most stains are relatively easy to remove with a granite poultice. Darker granite colors (brown, blue, black) will be less porous, and staining is less likely. Lighter colors and in particular white granite countertops will be the most porous and the easiest to stain. Some are completely bogus, and others are good for only a certain type of stain. Granite chip repair is often done by filling the hole with a color-matched epoxy. A better method is to fill the pits or chips with clear acrylic for a repair that is nearly invisible. Hairline cracks often can be left alone, won’t cause problems, and won’t get worse. An experienced stone repair specialist can repair a crack and refinish the granite, so the repaired crack is essentially invisible. A dye is applied to black granite slabs while at the factory to make them a darker black which commands a higher price. The problem here is that the dye can cause the granite to have an etching or discoloration issue where acidic foods, drinks, or cleaners create dull, chalky spots on the granite. Granite is not naturally reactive to acids and will not etch except in extreme circumstances with exposure to potent acids or repeated exposure to acids. Simple washing and rinsing reduce bacteria counts on granite nine times better than stainless steel. My husband laid a gas tank top from a lawn mower on the counter in two areas.
- Source – corianquartz.com
- Titled Protect A Granite Countertop Step – wikihow.com
- Titled Maintain A Corian Countertop Step – wikihow.com
- Granite Countertop Care Do s Don ts Woman Cleaning Granite – countertopspecialty.com
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