Those phenomenally crafted granite benchtops surely look beautiful in your kitchen, but they age, and that’s inevitable! While granite is highly durable and retains its shape for longer, there are a few factors that can downgrade its quality, if ignored.
The only solution is taking good care of the material so that it lasts longer, and looks good for years. But how to take care of granite benchtops is often the question of many homeowners.
Keeping the granite look good is no rocket science, but still not every user is aware of how to keep it spick and span. Below in this article, you will find some do’s and don’ts to make the benchtop look amazing all the time.
Tips to Keep the Granite Benchtops Clean all the Time
Cleaning a granite slab may sound like a piece of cake, but there are several things to keep in mind. You can’t use any soap on the marble, as it may damage the surface, and can lead to different types of issues.
Maintain it Everyday
Yes, granite is highly durable and requires low to no maintenance. However, you should not ignore maintaining it. By maintaining, we mean cleaning the stone and preventing oils and other liquids from causing issues.
What you need to do is take a bowl with lukewarm water, and some marble cleaning soap. Now dip a soft cloth in it, and clean the entire surface including the backsplash. Clean the benchtop with a dry cloth, and you are good to go.
Get It Cleaned by Professionals Occasionally
Yes, you can wipe off those spills quickly, but it is indispensable to get the granite cleaned by professionals from time to time. Professional marble cleaners come equipped with the required tools to remove any types of stains, marks, and chipped surfaces.
Always Use the Right Soaps
Well, the type of soap also affects the cleaning and how the granite benchtop looks. At Royal Stone, we recommend using soaps that have mild pH level so that it does not damage the marble.
If you are not sure about the type of soap that you should use, it would be great to get in touch with the marble installer.
Using coasters protect the marble from the direct heat it receives from the utensils. A lot of people will say that you can directly put a hot pan on granite and it won’t get damaged, but it actually does in the long run.
Place a coaster or some plate under the hot pan to prevent the heat from penetrating inside the slab.
Things You Should Avoid Doing to Make Your Cleaning Effort Do Wonders
So, you have cleaned the granite benchtop, and made it sparkly clean? Amazing! But, there are a few things that most people ignore and do unintentionally, which can lead to the slab asking for more cleaning.
Don’t Leave the Spills Unattended
Leaving those stains and spills unattended overnight will make the granite age quickly. Moreover, some stains can get permanent and cleaning them can become a real hassle.
Make a habit to clean the granite benchtop every night after you are done with the kitchen chores.
Don’t Use Chemical Cleaners
There are a plethora of chemical cleaners that claim to make the granite benchtop squeaky clean, but they actually downgrade the material. These chemicals are not good for the marble, and can even lead to discolouration.
Don’t Scrub the Surface with Anything Hard
Do not scrub the benchtop with something hard as it can leave scratches, and you can’t even fix them with polish. Get a soft sponge and a soft cloth so you can clean the surface without leaving long scratches.
Now you know the best tips to keep the granite benchtop spick and span while enhancing its lifespan. Also, always invest in good-quality benchtops as they require less care, and last longer (here are a few things that will help you buy the best natural stone slabs for a kitchen).
At Royal Stone, we are the number one choice when it comes to getting granite benchtops installed in Sydney. Click on the Contact Us button to know more about our range of benchtops and get them installed in your beautiful kitchen.