Granite Care & Maintenance
Care for a polished finish begins with daily attention to what is placed on the surface. Granite countertops are hard and can withstand a falling can of soup, but the polished surface is a bit more delicate. Never use the granite as a cutting surface, always use a cutting board. In order to protect the surface, it is recommended to avoid dragging pots, pans, or appliances across the stone. Avoid allowing acidic foods such as lemon juice, vinegar and soft drinks to be left on the surface for any amount of time, as they can etch the surface.
Normal cleaning of granite only requires a damp cloth or paper towel. For tougher spots, a mild non-abrasive cleanser can help. For best results, clean spills as soon as possible.
Cleaning Dried Spills
For tougher stains and dried spills, mild cleansers are a good solution to keeping the surface smooth and high gloss. Recommended cleaners include:
- Formula 409 Surface cleaner
- Bar Keeper’s Friend
- Greased Lightning
- Soap and water
For dried spills, a non-abrasive scrub pad can be used to remove the unwanted spill without the concern of causing damage or scratching to your countertop. Rinse thoroughly and wipe off with a damp paper towel to remove all residues. While granite is usually able to sustain most household chemicals, avoid using products that contain bleach