CARING FOR GRANITE
Countertops should be cleaned from daily kitchen activities using a cleaner specifically formulated for natural stone, following the bottle's directions (usually spray on, wipe off with a clean, soft cloth). Such products can be purchased at home improvement stores, as well as from Arizona Tile. Using cleaning products not made for natural stone can in time stain, damage or leave a residue on countertops.
Sealing Granite Countertops
Once every 1-5 years, or as needed
In order to deter staining, granite countertops need to be sealed periodically using a sealer specifically formulated for natural stone countertops & following the product's directions. The sealing process usually has 3 steps: 1) Thoroughly clean countertops, 2) Liberally apply sealer using a clean cloth & 3) After a few minutes, buff off remaining sealer with a clean cloth. Natural stone sealers can be purchased at home improvement stores, or from Arizona Tile. If you notice water is seeping into your countertop, rather than sitting on top of the surface, it is time to use a sealer.
Optional, as desired
For added luster & shine, a granite countertop polish is available & can be found at home improvement stores, or Arizona Tile. Granite polish generally sprays onto countertops & wipes off with a clean, soft cloth. These types of products are fully optional to use and do not offer any cleaning or sealing benefits.
THINGS TO KNOW
Granite is one of the hardest materials on Earth; however, it is still possible to damage countertops. Following simple care guidelines can help avoid most problems.
-Blot up & clean spills, especially those from red wine, oil, vinegar (Easter egg dye!), juices, red chile, tomato sauce & toiletries.
-Use soft cleaning cloths & sponges for cleaning. Avoid abrasive materials, such as steel wool & scrubbing pads.
-Use coasters, cutting boards & trivets to protect from staining, scratches & rare, thermal-caused cracks to granite.
-Don't use harsh or abrasive cleaners, such as bleach, ammonia, tile & grout cleaners or scrubbing powders & creams.
-Do not stand or sit on top of granite counters.