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Caring for Granite Countertops

Caring for Granite Countertops

Kitchen Countertops, Food Preparation Areas and Vanity Tops

The stone is treated with a nontoxic penetrating sealer that is safe for food preparation surfaces. Frequent cleaning is recommended with a granite cleaner or mild soap then rinsed with warm water. It is recommended that water does not sit on the surface for longer than necessary to avoid water spots and mineral build up.

Sealing Granite Countertops

Your new stone is sealed at installation. We recommend resealing your granite countertop every year. It is a simple process of applying the sealer and wiping the excess off after a few minutes.

Natural Fissures

Fissures and pits exist in all natural stone. They usually pose no structural problems. Fissures are often visible and can appear to look like “spider veins or cracks”. Whenever possible we try to avoid any large fissures by cutting around them. If it is necessary to reinforce a fissure, we will fill it with resin and/or reinforce with mesh on the backside. Once filled with resin, they are structurally stronger then the granite itself. Fissures and pits are natural characteristics of stone and are not considered to be defects.

Absorbency of Granite Slabs

Granite is less absorbent than most surfaces. It is commonly used as building material for exteriors due to its ability to withstand winds, snow and rain. It is a good product for kitchen countertops because of its ability to repel water, stay hygienic and clean.

Stains in Granite Countertops

Granite is resistant to stains. Any liquid spills should be cleaned up. Even water can soak into a granite top and leave a dark spot. The water will evaporate and the spot will disappear. Oily liquids that do not evaporate may stain the top. Most stains can be removed from the stone. We recommend you call us for stain removal.

Scratches in Granite

Granite is highly scratch resistant with normal daily use. We do recommend that you use a cutting board to protect the blades on your kitchen knives.

Heat

Granite is heat resistant and can withstand the heat of most cooking pans without damage. Very high heat may dull the surface. We recommend the use of trivets under very hot pots and pans.

Things to Avoid

Don’t use vinegar, lemon juice or other cleaners containing acids or abrasives such as bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners, or tub & tile cleaners on any stone surface. Don’t leave oil, coffee, wine or dark pigmented liquids on your granite surface as these may stain the stone.