People picture granite countertops as something indestructable, however it has some care issues.
Granite countertops come with a nice shiny factory polish which may last forever. It's a very durable material, you can use kitchen knives to cut on top of the granite countertop without damaging or even set hot cookware on it, it's really very resistant. Your granite countertop will not chip or crack, unless it has some manufacturing defect, in normal circumstances it's really the most appropriate stone to have in your kitchen.
Granite as other natural stones have some porosity, this is granites most negative aspect, besides the limited colours available. To avoid staining, you should use a proper granite sealer, water based to seal the surface of your countertop, avoiding oil and water spills to stain it. Sealing should be done at least twice a year, however read carefully the instructions of the sealer your are currently using.
Daily cleaning on your granite countertop, make sure you use non abrasive cleaning agents, like the ones used on windows, this will protect the surface polish it has, avoid abrasive cleaning agents as they will in time damage the superficial shine of your countertops.
Granite Countertop Care Tips:
- Apply sealer to avoid staining
- Use non abrasive cleaning detergents, it's will keep your countertops shiny forever
- Clean with a damp cloth
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