There are several different types of granite, and each has its level of porosity. The more porous the granite, the more easily it can stain. Therefore, the more protection and proper maintenance you will need to practice to help guard your investment. Depending on your lifestyle, you may consider sealing your granite stone regularly. Sealing helps slow down the staining process. Manufacturers recommend sealing the granite once every one to three years, depending on the amount of usage the stone area receives.
Manufacturers can also recommend specialty cleaning products designed specifically for their granite countertops. If these are not available, you can apply a neutral pH detergent or pure soap, such as Liquid Ivory for spills or periodic cleaning. Make sure to rinse the granite stone thoroughly and buff dry with a clean, soft cloth. Too much cleaner or soap may leave a film and cause streaks.
Do not use cleaning products that contain abrasives, vinegar, or any ammonia-based cleaners, such as Windex. These products will dull the luster of your granite stone. Additionally, do not use retail grout cleaners or bathroom cleaners on granite.
Acidic foods, such as tomatoes, lemons, and soda, can cause potential damage by changing the color of your granite stone. Also, protect your granite from oil-based products such as cooking oil, olive oil, and oil-based cosmetics, which can stain your countertop.
Also, please remember, it is your responsibility to maintain all caulked areas.
If cared for properly and regularly maintained, your new granite will bring your household lasting beauty.
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What About Sealing? – Expert Recommendation
It is highly recommended that you seal your granite stone tile or slab after it is installed to offer additional stain resistance and to protect the stone’s original beauty. There are various types of sealers, depending on the type of granite stone. Scratches, etching, stains, and dulling of the surface are all permanent damage and forever alter the appearance of your granite floor. Ask your design consultant for information.
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