Granite – Care & Cleaning

The Process of Cleaning and Caring For Granite

 

The experts at Granite and Flooring Unlimited can help you select the best granite and install it in your home in Twin Cities MN. However, once it installed and we leave your home, it is up to you to keep it looking great. This intimidates most people as they have no idea how to care for and clean their granite surfaces. And they are afraid of making a costly mistake and ruining the granite. Here are some tips for caring for and cleaning all of your granite surfaces.

 

Cleaning:

For the day-to-day cleaning of your granite countertops, granite bathroom vanities and granite floors, all you need is a soft cloth and a little bit of water. Dampen a soft, clean cloth, such as a cotton cleaning cloth or microfiber cloth with a bit of warm water. Wring the cloth to remove excess water. Then, wipe the surface clean. That is all that is needed to remove food particles, dirt, dust, spills and residue. Occasionally, there will be times where deeper cleaning is needed. For example, you may want to sanitize the countertop after cutting raw meat on it. In order to sanitize or deep clean your granite surface, you will need to use a specially formulated granite or natural stone cleaner. After Granite and Flooring Unlimited installs your granite surface, we will leave you with specific care instructions regarding the type of granite you have selected. In this care packet, we will detail which cleaning product is recommended by the granite manufacturer and how to use that product. When cleaning granite, always avoid abrasive cleaners, acidic cleaners and cleaners containing bleach or chlorine.

 

Sealing:

After Granite and Flooring Unlimited installs your granite surface, such as granite countertops, granite bathroom vanities, granite bars and granite fireplace surrounds, we will seal the granite. This helps protect the granite from stains and erosion that can occur, by coating the porous granite with a thin, clear, waterproof sealant. However, as you use your surface, the sealer will begin to wear thin. Eventually, it will offer little to no protection. When this occurs, the granite needs to be resealed. The best way to tell if your granite needs to be coated again is to do a water test. Drop a few droplets of water on the surface and see what happens. If the surface begins to absorb the water, the sealer is wearing thin. If the water balls up and simply sits on the surface, your sealer is good. If you are unsure if your surface needs to be sealed again, or know it needs to be done, call us at Granite and Flooring Unlimited. We can help you determine whether sealing is needed, and if so, reseal the surface for you.