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.
What’s a modern kitchen like without a granite countertop? It would be like a queen without a crown or a car sans the wheels. In fact, it would not look like what a modern kitchen should be—sleek, attractive, and polished. Certainly, granite countertops for the kitchen provide a unique design to the area that may be hard to equal using other materials.
Having granite for a kitchen countertop does make your kitchen look good, but if you want to make it look better, you have a choice of colors. That’s what makes this natural stone versatile—it provides various design options. You can select any color you want that can complement your existing kitchen design to improve the overall appearance.
Granite does not only provide the beauty, but it is also ideal as a kitchen fixture. It can handle hot items like pots and pans and is resistant to stain from hot grease if properly sealed. Moreover, it can easily be cleaned, requiring minimal maintenance.
For a polished clean look that can last a lifetime, nothing can beat granite kitchen countertops. They are good investments that you can use to your advantage when you decide to sell your home in the future.