How to Care For Granite

Kitchen With Granite CountertopsGranite is a gorgeous natural stone that many people choose to use for their kitchen counter-tops. It adds a unique touch to the home and makes the kitchen look professional and classic.

However, many people do not realize it is important to care for granite since many are still used to having laminate counter-tops. Let’s look at a few ways to care for granite, making sure it lasts for years to come, looking just as gorgeous as the day it was installed.

Clean the Granite Daily With Warm Water

In order to maintain and care for granite properly, it is important that you clean the granite daily with warm water. Some people suggest that you use gentle soap, but it is important to use cleaner that is specific for granite. Since you should do this daily, it is a good idea to have a supply ready to use. Cleaners such as Neutra Sheen for Granite will ensure that your granite counter-tops stay clean while also continuing to look stunning.

Blot Up Any Spills

Obviously, you will use your counter-tops for a number of things including cooking and preparing liquids, which means you are likely to spill something on it. It is important that you blot up any spills you make. Blotting spills will ensure that you get every bit of liquid, whereas wiping will make it spread, which can cause harm to the stone. When you spill, blot it up to care for granite counter-tops effectively and quickly.

Use Mats or Potholders Between Objects And Granite

When you place things on your counter-tops, it is best to place mats or potholders between the objects and the counter-top in order to care for granite. This will keep it from becoming damaged. You should also avoid placing hot items directly on the granite counter-tops because heat can harm the granite; this is especially true if the granite counter-tops are already cold due to winter temperatures. When it doubt, simply avoid putting anything hot directly on the counter-tops and for long periods of time. If possible, keep your hot pots or pans on the stove for best results.

Ceramics Can Cause Scratching On The Surface

Everyone knows that granite counter-tops can be highly resistant to scratching, however, ceramics can cause scratching to occur both on the counter-tops and the objects themselves. To avoid this, place something such as a mat, or even a decorative trivet, to care for granite and protect it.

In Closing, It Is Important to Care for Granite

Granite counter-tops are incredible additions to any home,and they require great care. Proper care for granite will ensure that it looks incredible for several years. In fact, it will look brand new, which is something we all want when we purchase gorgeous counter-tops. If you are looking for a great cleaner for granite, Marble and Granite Care Products are here for you! We provide you with excellent granite cleaners,sealers,protectors and polishers, as well as a poultice that will greatly benefit you. We have a great granite maintenance kit that includes the essential items,making it easy for you to have all of the products you need to adequately care for your granite. Take a look around our shop to find something perfect for you and use BD10 at checkout to receive a 10% discount! 

How to Remove Stains and Discoloration from Granite

Most people think granite will never stain. They are wrong. All granite species are porous and their porosity varies from granite species to species. Food and beverage spills, especially that of greasy foods and cooking oils, can stain a granite surface over time. Hair dyes, colored toiletries, paint and stain pigments – the colorants contained in chemicals, when spilled on granite, will seep into the granite’s pores and discolor the surface.

It’s important to be aware that this is normal and typical for all granite countertops and granite islands in the kitchen. Over time (usually in excess of one year), improper cleaning (such as not completely removing food and beverage spills or residue contained in smoke from cooking) attacks the granite’s color and clarity. As a result, the granite’s surface becomes much darker in color compared than when it was new.

The Solution to Remove Stains from Granite

We have finally developed a Granite Poultice, which removes deeply embedded stains and discoloration from kitchen granite countertops and islands. Our Granite Poultice is specifically formulated to work below the granite’s surface and pull out grease and oil, plus food and beverages that have penetrated into the granite pores. Watch those dark, dull, and discolored areas of your kitchen granite countertops and islands disappear and come back to life. Your granite will look as beautiful as it did on the day your granite was installed.How to Remove Stains from Granite

Granite Poultice is quick and easy to use; restoring the original color and clarity to granite countertops and islands. The product usually takes about 24 hours to fully remove stains from granite, depending upon the age, depth, and severity of the granite’s discoloration and staining.

How to Use Granite Poultice Remove Stains & Discoloration

Our Granite Poultice is highly effective at removing stains from granite. Follow these do-it-yourself instructions below.

  1. First, mix the granite poultice with lacquer thinner to the consistency of cookie dough (lacquer thinner can be found at hardware and paint stores).
  2. Next, use a rubber, wood, silicone, or plastic spatula, to spread the granite poultice over the discolored or stained granite surface to a thickness ranging between 1/8 to ¼  inch (similar to a pancakes thickness).
  3. Tightly cover the granite poultice with plastic wrap, or use plastic sheeting applied to the granite surface with duct tape. The idea is to make the granite poultice airtight, enabling granite poultice to maximize its penetration into the granite pores and pull out grease and oil that’s stained the granite surface.
  4. Keep the granite poultice in place for a minimum of 24 hours in order to get the best results. For extremely discolored or stained granite areas, it may be necessary to keep the granite poultice in place for two or three additional days. (In some cases of deeply stained granite, a second application of granite poultice is necessary.)
  5. Next, after removing and discarding the granite poultice, it is quite common for granite countertops and islands to appear darker than normal. This is because moisture from the granite poultice has not fully evaporated out of the granite’s pores. It usually takes a few days for the evaporation process, and the granite’s normal color, clarity, and gloss will be fully restored.
  6. After removing and discarding the granite poultice, use our granite cleaner NeutraClean for Granite to clean the restored granite area, then seal this granite area with our granite sealer Granite Guard Protector (SB), then polish this granite area, with our granite polish Granite Polish and Protector. Our granite cleanser, granite sealer, and granite polish, are all included in our Granite Maintenance Kits along with additional items to clean, seal and protect your granite.

granite poultice

Our Granite Poultice is very economical and easy to use. Use one pound of granite poultice to restore two square feet of granite. You can learn more about this product by clicking here.

 

This article is in response to a question from Rhonda, received 10/05/08.