Phoenix Granite Countertop Care
All about carring for your granite counter
While granite countertops are exceptionally strong and durable, it is
necessary to take precautions to keep them from becoming stained
or acquiring a cloudy appearance. With proper care and cleaning,
your granite countertops will
retain their full luster and continue to look beautiful for years
Spills and Clean-up
Ideally one would try to avoid spilling anything other
than water or mild dish soap on your granite. Liquids like orange
juice, soft drinks, and wine can have high levels of acidity. These
types of liquids may damage
the surface of your countertops if they are not removed immediately.
Should spill something, use a cloth or paper towel to wipe off the
surface and rinse with a clean wet rag. Many common household cleaners
also contain high levels of acid, abrasives and other chemicals that
have the potential to
damage your granite countertops. If you
must use a cleaning agent, use a
dish soap to avoid tarnishing the surface of the granite.
Sealing Granite Countertops
new granite countertops will need to be sealed before use, and
again every four to six months. This sealer does not make your
countertops impervious to stains; it simply provides a little extra
time to clean up
a spill before
the countertops surface is impacted. The
life of this sealer varies based on a number of factors, but
can estimate that you will need to reapply the sealer to your
countertops at least twice a year.
The process of sealing changes a little from product to product
however all processes are quite simple. We commonly hear “it’s
more work to get everything off of the countertops than it is
to apply and wipe off the sealant”. These solvent-based sealers
will make your granite countertops look like new.
For this reason alone, we see customers sealing their countertops
several times per year. For counter tops outdoors in the Phoenix
weather, sealing twice as often is prudent.
Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about
sealing granite counter tops in the Phoenix area.