Granite is one of the most popular natural stones used in home finishes, largely due to its durability and resistance to heat, abrasions, and other kinds of damage. Granite surfaces are an elegant and timeless accent to any home. From kitchen finishes to outdoor patios, granite is an excellent choice. Granite has been used for millennia as the stone of choice for famous monuments around the world. The Lincoln Memorial, the Taj Mahal, the Pantheon, and more, are all made from granite. Although granite is one of the most durable natural stones, it’s still important to take steps to ensure proper care and maintenance to keep your granite looking pristine for years to come.

Essential Granite Maintenance

Regular cleaning is essential to preserving your granite surfaces. Here are some simple daily maintenance tips:

Use a microfiber cloth or soft sponge to clean your granite surfaces. Avoid scouring pads, as these can scratch your smooth granite surface. Avoid acidic or harsh chemical cleaners like vinegar or bleach whenever possible. These products can penetrate your granite’s sealant, which protects it from stains, chips, and cracks. Hot water is surprisingly effective for daily cleaning.

Wipe up spills immediately to prevent staining. Even though granite is relatively resistant, certain substances like wine, coffee, and oils can penetrate its porous surface if left for too long. Blot the affected area immediately with a paper towel or dry cloth to absorb as much of the liquid as possible. Avoid wiping, which will only spread the stain to other areas.

For water-resistant liquids like oil or grease, make a poultice using baking soda and water. Apply the mixture to the stain, cover it with plastic wrap, and let it sit overnight. Then, gently remove the poultice and rinse the area with water.

When to Seal Your Granite Surfaces

Sealing your granite surfaces regularly is crucial for protecting against stains. Here’s what you need to know:

Depending on usage, granite countertops typically require resealing every 1 to 3 years. To check if your granite needs resealing, perform this water absorption test. Pour a small amount of water on the surface. Leave your small puddle for about 10 minutes, then check back to see if it has been absorbed. If your granite absorbs the water in less than 10 minutes, you should probably reseal. When in doubt, always consult with a professional.

Granite Repair

While granite is highly resistant to scratches and chipping, daily use can slowly erode surfaces. Light scratches are normally not noticeable due to the natural irregularity of granite. We generally, recommend leaving these as they are, as buffing or polishing the scratch can make the scratch more conspicuous.

For deeper scratches or chips, we recommend consulting with a granite repair professional. Attempting to repair these amateurishly will likely fare subpar results. A professional has the knowledge and experience to repair your stone so skillfully, the damage might appear to not have ever existed.

Conclusion

With these tips in your back pocket, you can now care for and maintain your granite surfaces with confidence. While regular cleaning is important, avoiding damage is the most important care and maintenance step in your routine. In the event that your granite is cracked or damaged, remember there are easy fixes and professional assistance to help you in any situation. Contact Affordable Granite Concepts for all your granite and natural stone needs, proudly serving Central Florida for over 15 years.

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Customer testimonials

Gregory DavidGregory David
23:01 12 Aug 22
Went way over and above to take great care of us with our new granite kitchen tops! Andriza worked wonderfully with us! Her installers were great and even installed my under mount sink I bought! Highly recommend this team for any granite or quartz countertops. I couldn't be more pleased with them.
Paul DouillettePaul Douillette
22:31 04 Aug 22
Recently I remodeled my entire kitchen 8/02/22. I used Affordable Concepts for all my Quartz. I must admit that at the beginning there was a communication problem that was resolved. With the help of Walter and my account executive Sylvio all problems were resolved to my satisfaction. The fabricators were all respectful, dedicated and hardworking and the results are beautiful. Thank you all.
Alex DiBartolomeoAlex DiBartolomeo
01:58 13 Apr 22
From start to finish Walter and his team were beyond helpful. Helping pick out the perfect granite to handling every aspect of the install. Installers were kind, courteous and unbelievably professional. This company understands what customer service is all about and how to go above and beyond for the customer. If you are looking to update or remodel, Affordable Granite is the best company to go with.
Chris KraemerChris Kraemer
22:11 18 Nov 21
They did a great job every step of the way! From estimating all the way through installation. Great company!
ANKIT PATELANKIT PATEL
18:51 02 Oct 21
Amazing quality and customer service! Lisandra went above and beyond even for our smaller scale project! We couldn’t have asked for a better experience. We will definitely be back for any future stone work we need! Thanks again!
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