Is there maintenance on granite countertops?

a grey granite countertop

A clean, natural look

Granite countertops are the thing that every kitchen must have now. Remember when butcher block was all the rage for kitchens? Now, on rehab shows, they are ripping those out as fast as they can and replacing them with granite countertops for kitchens. What makes granite the “must-have” material?

Well, granite countertops are made of solid all-natural material instead of glued together all-natural pieces of wood. They are durable and resilient against anything your kitchen or bathroom puts on it. They offer a level of elegance to any kitchen, from the high dollar mansions with a staff to the everyday homes with kids. Just like having a premium, quality roof on your home, granite countertops will give your home a higher value for resale if you desire, or last for years while you live in your home. 

They are easy to care for because of that durability and resilient material too, which is the big draw for everyone! So, what’s the best way to clean granite countertops?  For daily cleaning, basic clear, hot water with basic dish soap is plenty for daily cleaning and sanitizing.

However, those times when everyone in the house is or has been sick, maybe you want a stronger disinfectant to de-germ the house, including the granite countertops. You can mix isopropyl alcohol with clean, clear water in a spray bottle. Spray your granite countertops with the mixture and let it sit for at least 3 minutes, but no longer than five minutes and then wipe it down with a clean, dry microfiber cloth. 

What cleaners are safe for granite? 

Because granite countertops are an all-natural material and must have a sealant applied to them when installed, we will answer this by telling you what NOT to use first. DO NOT use any of the following products to clean your granite countertops: 

  • Acidic Cleaners: lemon, lime, vinegar
  • Ammonia
  • Bleach
  • Windex

The sealant will become dull and weak with prolong use of these products. Remember, the harsher the cleaning product, the less sealant your granite countertops will have. The less sealant, the more likely it can be damaged and stained.

There are granite countertop cleaners on the market, and you can use an all-purpose cleaner for surfaces IF they state they are safe on granite countertops. Just an FYI: You don’t have to buy into those cleaners to get your granite countertops clean. The method we described earlier with clean, clear hot water and everyday dish liquid will do the job. 

If you feel your granite countertops need to be disinfected, isopropyl alcohol with clean, clear water in a spray bottle process we mentioned earlier. Always use a gentle, soft cloth though. That is a MUST if you want to keep your countertops looking good. 

Can you ruin granite countertops? 

Maybe with a direct blow with a sledgehammer.  Granite countertops are durable, resilient. They are impervious to water – which is why so many high-rise structures have been constructed out of granite. Granite is a stain-resistant material. It may absorb liquid, but it also evaporates quickly. Even oily stains can be removed easily with a paste or poultice.

Granite countertops will keep their shine years and are one of, if not the best material to have in the kitchen because it is almost maintenance-free. Short of the recommendation to reseal once a year, the daily cleaning as we have described already is all the maintenance you’ll ever have.

Being a heat resistant material makes granite countertops so popular in kitchens. This all-natural material is strong and comes in a variety of colors and patterns, depending on what part of the world it comes from. Whether is a dark color or light color, they all have the same strength. 

For any home, especially those with children, granite countertops are one of the cleanest surfaces your home could have. While they may be more expensive than the butcher block countertops, granite is remarkably a competitively priced material when compared to other high-end materials. 

How often do you need to seal granite countertops? 

Experienced professionals that work with granite recommend that granite countertops should be sealed once a year. For a kitchen that is used frequently with cooking or has a busy family, resealing more frequently, they recommend every 6 months. 

How can you tell if Granite is sealed? 

Perform the following water test, and you’ll know fast if your granite countertops are sealed or not. Pour approximately 3 inches of water on various areas the granite countertops and wait 30 minutes. If the granite darkens within that 30 minutes (or faster), then it is not protected by a sealant and is subjective to cleaners and spills, it needs to be sealed immediately. If, after 30 minutes there isn’t any change in the granite countertops, then it has a good protecting layer of sealant. 

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Additional Information on Granite Countertops 

This article has provided you helpful information about granite countertops, but we know there are more questions that are asked, just not as often, such as “Can granite countertops be reused?”. The answer is yes, but with care and considerations. 

Your granite countertops are an investment and simply because you want to remodel your kitchen, doesn’t mean you want to get rid of the granite or buy all new. You can reuse your granite countertops, but you must handle with care, and it will need to be placed using the same footprint and position.  Can granite countertops be recut? Yes, but not by you, the homeowner, or just anyone. If that new refrigerator or cookstove isn’t fitting in your kitchen, and you need to shorten cabinets with granite countertops, call a company that has experience working with granite. There is a process with the right equipment to make a good cut without damaging the granite. There is also the matter of silica dust that comes from cutting granite. They will have the means and processes to keep it controlled and clean it up.  For granite countertops in Pantego and Arlington, TX, call 817.861.3737 today!