If you have, or are just about to have, granite countertops installed in your kitchen, then give yourself a pat on the back. You are the proud owner of one of the sturdiest and most durable countertop materials that, when properly cared for, could last a lifetime. Now, for that ‘properly cared for’ part:
To keep your countertops away from the risk of moisture damage or collecting bacterial infection, it needs to be sealed. Ask your installers if this has already been done when the countertops were delivered and installed in your home. If not, you might want to invest in a reliable brand of sealer and do it yourself.
Oil Stain Removal
Keep oil stains from staying on your granite for too long, which can penetrate. Use acetone, mineral spirits, or a solution of ammonia and water to get the oil stains out. Apply your choice of cleaner, touch it up with water and dish soap, and dry it quickly, polishing with soft cloth afterward. You can use fiber cloths to ensure that the countertop retains its original luster.
Fighting the Heat
Don’t set any hot pans or pots directly on your granite, as this might leave an unsightly, lasting burn mark. Instead, use coasters and hot pads (use this when setting drinks on your granite as well for good measure). When cutting ingredients, you should also use a cutting board to avoid various microorganisms from your food to transfer to the countertop.