Home design trends come and go, but classic choices like granite countertops will always remain in style. You can keep the granite in your custom home looking like new for years to come. Granite countertops are fairly low maintenance, but they do have a few special care requirements.
After use, you can wipe down your countertops with a microfiber cloth. Minor messes may be wiped up with a dry cloth. For messy spills, dampen a non-abrasive sponge or microfiber cloth, add a little mild, liquid dish soap, and clean. Always dry the countertop afterward, as standing water can discolor the granite.
Although it may be tempting, never use an abrasive sponge or scrubbing pad to scour away stains and stuck-on messes. This can scratch the granite. Specialty cleaners are available, but you should be able to remove stains with baking soda. Water-based stains can be lifted with a blend of baking soda and a little hydrogen peroxide. For oil-based stains, make a thick paste with baking soda and water. In either case, apply a generous layer that completely covers the stain. Place a square of plastic wrap on top, and tape down the edges to hold it in place. Leave the baking soda there overnight, and then rinse the area well with water. Remember to dry it afterward!
Periodically, your countertops will need to be resealed. Granite sealant offers protection from stains and moisture absorption. Test whether the granite needs to be sealed by adding a few drops of water to the surface. If they bead up, the sealant is still working. Otherwise, wipe up the water right away, use baking soda and hydrogen peroxide if needed, and use a commercial granite sealer as directed.
Miramonte Homes spares no expense in building our luxurious custom homes in Tucson and Flagstaff. Despite beautiful features like granite countertops, our move-in ready homes are an affordable choice. Call (520) 615-8900 or visit us online to find out about getting pre-qualified.