How to Keep Your White Granite Countertops Looking Like New May 03 2016, 0 Comments
All sorts of interesting activity goes on beneath the surface of the earth. In addition to supplying the soil and nutrients to grow much of the world's food supply, the earth's crust also provides the means and opportunity to create granite, easily the most identifiable igneous rock of our time. Granite is formed when molten rock (magma) slowly cools and hardens. The crystals found within are a by-product of the minerals in the stone, most commonly biotite, feldspar, mica and quartz. The color of the granite is determined by the mineral composition, ranging from white to black, and every color in between. When it comes to cleaning the granite in your home, white granite countertops deserve special consideration, to keep them looking as stunning as the day they were put in.
Do's and Don'ts for Your White Granite Countertop
- Stop stains before they have a chance to set, wiping up spills as you go.
- Use trivets, coasters and cutting boards to avoid direct contact of caustic, dyed, hot or sharp materials.
- Draw on the experience of industry experts, using products developed and guaranteed to be safe for your natural stone surfaces.
- Leave bottles or containers out on your white granite countertops; over time these can leave permanent stains, and in the case of acidic substances, etching can occur.
- Use acidic or abrasive cleaners on your white granite, such as those containing vinegar or bleach.
Everyday Cleaning Tips
In addition to wiping down your white granite countertops after each use, it's important to inspect them every now and then, taking note of excessive wear, damage or staining. Each of the following conditions has its own resolution to bring your granite back to life:
Optimal: Surface wipes clean easily, without streaks, film or etching.
Solution: Clean after each use with a multi-surface cleaner designed for use on natural stone. At the end of each day, use a product that will clean, condition and polish your granite, while enhancing the subtle variations in your white granite countertops.
Dirty/Grimy: The surface of your stone may seem "tired", with the beginning of buildup and a light film or streaking.
Solution: Spray on your multi-surface cleaner, allowing it to stand for a few moments before wiping clean. You can also try applying complete countertop care, buffing the affected area with a scrub sponge before wiping dry. *Reseal your granite every 6 to 12 months for an added layer of protection against stains, and to make cleanup easier.
Chipped/Cracked: Small cracks or holes are present.
Solution: A hole repair kit, complete with transparent filler, contains everything you need to repair these issues quickly and easily.
Dull: The countertop is dingy, dirty and dull, with areas that won't come clean with routine maintenance.
Solution: Use an intensive cleaner, formulated to clean deep in to the stone. Use the product according to label directions. Then apply a stone surface polish to brighten the overall appearance.
Damaged: Large chips or holes, or finish that has been stripped away by corrosive cleaning products or stains.
Solution: A professional evaluation and restoration may be required.
Avoid costly repairs by cleaning and conditioning your white granite countertops each day, using products developed by industry experts, and designed for use on natural stone surfaces.
Learn more expert tips on how to clean and maintain your granite surfaces by downloading our FREE granite care guide below!