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Granite countertops are a beautiful addition to any kitchen or bathroom. However, you may have some concerns about taking care of your countertops when you make this type of upgrade. While granite countertops are certainly more work than vinyl countertops, the look and feel definitely make the additional care worth it. You can use the following tips to maintain your granite countertops in Colorado Springs for years to come.
1. Consider adding a sealer to your countertops
Sealers aren’t necessary for every type of granite, but it might be a good idea if you are using granite in your kitchen or bathroom. Granite is a porous material, and having it sealed can help maintain its coloring, repeal stains and enhance the shine of the stone. However, granite is generally moisture-resistant, so it’s up to you to decide whether sealing it is necessary for your situation.
2. Clean up spills quickly
You should make efforts to clean up spills on your granite right away, regardless of whether it is sealed or not. Liquid can go into the stone and change the coloring of your granite if it’s allowed to sit too long. Be sure to regularly clean your countertops with soap and water as well.
3. Avoid setting certain foods or liquids on your countertops
It’s a good idea to avoid putting meats directly on your granite countertops. Acidic products can also be harmful to your granite as well. You should also avoid putting oils directly on your counters. As a rule, use a cutting board or plate to set food on instead of putting anything directly on the countertop. This is not only a good idea for your granite, but it is generally more sanitary as well.
If you’d like specific maintenance tips for our countertops, contact our Colorado Springs office. We can help you decide whether you should seal your countertops and give you general tips on how you can keep your granite looking great for years to come. Call today to learn more.
Those who come to the Planet Granite showroom in Colorado Springs will see many options for quartz countertops. Unlike naturally occurring quartzite that requires sealing to keep it stain resistant, the engineered quartz that is widely available today does not need to be sealed because the binding materials used to create it are non-porous. Whether you choose natural quartzite created from sandstone over eons or its manufactured quartz counterpart, you have made a wise investment in a countertop that provides beauty and durability.
Cleaning and Maintaining Quartz Countertops
Follow these easy steps to keep your quartz countertop in top condition:
- Clean Spills Immediately. Wipe with a soft cloth and mild detergent if necessary. Use plastic putty knives or nonabrasive sponges for stains that have already dried.
- Avoid Abrasives. Gentle cleansers and nonabrasive scouring pads do the trick. Avoid rough metal scrapers or abrasive sponges.
- Stay Away from Acid and Alkaline Solutions. Acidic or alkaline cleaners and other chemicals (everything from nail polish and bleach to drain opening solutions) can erode the bonds in the resin.
- Keep It Cool. Resins are formulated with plastic, so extremely hot materials coming from the oven or stove may damage quartz over a period of time.
- Cut Elsewhere. Although quartz is scratch resistant, repetitive cutting on a quartz countertop may cause scratching. Use a cutting board when you slice and dice.
- Occasional Deep-Cleaning Helps. To deal with dust buildup and stains that may occur under microwaves or other appliances, occasionally clean the entire surface with a nonabrasive cleaner and wipe away the residue with a sponge or damp cloth.
Visit Planet Granite in Colorado Springs to see the varieties of kitchen countertops and bathroom countertops we have available for installation. In addition to quartz countertops, our store in Colorado Springs also has granite and other options that will transform your home. Contact us today for more information or for a quote.
One of the reasons that people choose granite for their kitchen and bathroom countertops is that it both looks great and is extremely durable. Granite is made by forcing igneous rock to extremely high temperatures and then cooling it, so it is naturally heat-resistant. In fact, it would take temperatures in the range of 2210° to 2300° F to start melting granite. Comparatively, steel starts melting at 2498° F.
Prolonging the Life of Your Granite Counter Tops in Colorado Springs
Generally, pots and pans in the kitchen will never reach a high enough temperature to melt your Colorado Springs granite countertops. However, your granite is likely sealed to prevent discoloration and damage. While it is extremely unlikely that you will damage the granite itself with heat, exposure to high temperatures over time could take a toll on your sealant. Problems with the sealant may result in gradual discoloration or gouges on the surface of the material. It could even lead to unsightly black marks.
Granite will actually pull the heat away from hot items. This reaction causes dishes to cool faster when they are in contact with granite. Using a heat coaster or hot pad on your granite will not only help your food stay hot longer, but it will also keep your granite countertops looking great over time.
Some exposure to extreme temperature changes can damage granite. For example, when you use granite in outdoor kitchens, swinging temperatures could result in problems. Thankfully, the temperatures in Colorado Springs are often mild enough to avoid these types of problems entirely.
Repairing Long-Term Heat Damage
If your granite’s sealant appears to be discolored, you can still take steps to restore it without having to replace the slab entirely. You can rub restorative pastes or liquids into the counter, wipe them away, and the granite should look good as new.
Whether you are considering installing granite for the first time or you need help with a repair, our team at Planet Granite can help. Call 719-522-0748 today.