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Care and Maintenance of Granite


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One of the essential responsibilities of owners of Minnesota granite countertops is to ensure that they continue to look good for a long period of time. Ensuring that your granite countertops are properly cared for and maintained helps increase the value, not only of your countertops, but also of your property. Thus, by learning the most effective ways in caring for and maintaining your granite countertops, you will be playing a crucial role in helping keep the granite countertops in their best conditions.

Daily maintenance of granite countertops require simple cleansing using a gentle glass cleaner or a mild dishwashing liquid. A synthetic scrubbing pad will also be helpful. Make sure that spills are wiped off immediately. After cleaning your countertops with the dishwashing liquid or glass cleaner, you can use a soft cloth to dry the surface.

It is also advisable to be aware of the different techniques that you can use in removing different types of stains since stains are pretty much inevitable. Ink stains on dark granite are best cleaned through lacquer thinner or acetone, while ink stains on light granite are best cleaned through hydrogen peroxide. To clean wine stains, you have to make a paste out of the mixture of molding plaster and bleach. A mixture of hydrogen peroxide and ammonia can be used to clean stains like coffee and tea.

It is true that granite countertops are durable. However, you should not assume that you can place everything on your countertop. Placing products with lemon, vinegar and other acids is strongly discouraged. If you are serving citrus juices, you can use coasters under your glasses to protect your granite countertops. In addition, avoid using harsh and strong chemicals that may dull the appearance of your granite countertop. Soft and mild cleansers are more advisable.