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How to choose a granite countertop and keep it looking like new

Granite is a really resistant floor. In reality, it’s the hardest of the commercially obtainable polished stones. It enhances any kitchen or lavatory fantastically and is obtainable in a variety of colors.

Tips on how to Select a Granite Countertop

Von Payne, East Valley Floors, a Rosie Licensed Companion, suggests asking to see a number of tiles of the identical coloration to get the precise tiles you need. Normally the provider can have you log out on the precise slabs earlier than they’re made. If you’d like suggestions on the structure, do it earlier than they manufacture!

Granite can vary from impartial colours resembling white, black and brown to shiny colours resembling reds, greens and blues. When selecting a coloration, think about the way it will look in numerous lights at totally different instances of day and evening. You additionally want to think about what it is going to be paired with, resembling flooring, home equipment, and cabinetry. As an example:

· Gold or impartial granite counter tops pair properly with darkish hardwood cabinetry resembling mahogany.
· Darkish granite goes properly with gentle wooden like oak.
· Earth tones, white and inexperienced distinction fantastically with wealthy pink and brown cabinetry.
· The one-coloured granite contrasts with a colourful and energetic kitchen. Quite the opposite, in a monochrome kitchen, select granite with a colourful sample. For instance, in case you have Shaker-style or flat-panel cabinetry, a marble sample units a great accent.

As a result of granite is porous, it’s prone to stains. Granite must be sealed so it might repel liquids and retain its magnificence for a few years. As soon as sealed, granite is comparatively stain resistant!

Oil stains are usually one of the crucial troublesome stains to take away from granite. If the granite is sealed, the oil can normally be cleaned off simply. If the oil stays lengthy sufficient to penetrate by way of the seal, it can most definitely must be eliminated with a chemical poultice.

Sealing: Common annual sealing (extra usually for closely used kitchens) will shield your counter tops within the occasion of a spill. We additionally suggest using chopping boards and trivets for further safety.

1. Totally clear the floor and take away stains.
2. Apply the sealer with a soaked sponge, flooding the floor.
3. Do not let the sealant construct up.
4. If the sealer is absorbed by the granite in lower than 5 minutes, apply extra. After 10 minutes, blot up the remaining sealer and dry the stone with a sponge fabric and permit to dry for 12 hours.

Strive to not apply the sealer to a different floor. Fastidiously masks and shield the realm (particularly grout and wooden).

All the time learn the producer’s directions earlier than making use of the sealer.

To maintain your granite sealed like new, keep in mind these easy ideas.


· Lay kitchen towels on the encompassing granite to guard it from oil splatter when frying meals in your stovetop. Oil can considerably harm granite.
· Clear and reseal yearly to keep away from pricey restoration.
· Wipe down counters after use. Mud and grit act like sandpaper and may put on down the end.
Use a concentrated pure stone cleaner, resembling JAWS Granite Cleaner & Polish to maintain your granite surfaces shiny and clear.


· Hitting on the floor. This can trigger cracks and chips.
· Permit stains to sit down for any size of time. The longer a stain is left unattended, the tougher it is going to be to take away.
· Use sturdy chemical compounds or abrasives. This could result in etching or dulling of the granite floor.
· Don’t use chemical compounds that aren’t particularly formulated for granite or pure stone surfaces as this will trigger unpredictable adjustments to the floor of the mineral. You will need to use a product specifically formulated for granite to scrub your counter tops.
· Place pots, pans, kettles and different sizzling objects immediately on the granite.

Stain elimination:

The one approach to take away stains from granite is to actually pull the stain out of the stone with a cloth and cleaner that may soak up the stain.

1. Blot up the substance/stain with a paper towel or clear fabric. Don’t wipe as it will unfold the stain over a bigger space.
2. Use chilly water and impartial cleanser.

Word: Deep stains could require skilled consideration.

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