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With the proper care, your granite countertop will stay new-looking for a lifetime. Stone is one of the easiest surfaces to maintain. And granite, being 7 on the Mohs hardness scale of 1 to 10, is virtually unscratchable. (A stainless steel knife blade is a 6 on the scale.)
Seal the Granite Countertop
- Wipe up any spills right away.
- Clean stone surfaces with a few drops of neutral cleaner, stone soap (available in our show room), or mild dishwashing liquid and warm water.
- Use a soft, clean cloth to clean the granite.
- Use coasters under all glasses, particularly those containing alcohol or citrus juices.
- Don't use abrasive cleaners such as dry cleansers or scouring powders.
- Do not mix cleaning products such as ammonia and bleach together - the result is toxic.
Sealing granite countertops is a job you can easily do yourself and should be done at lease once a year. Here are some easy instructions for sealing your granite countertops.
- Clean Dry Washcloth
- Sealer (available in our show room)
- Granite Countertop Cleaner (available in our show room)
- Clean Rags
- Clear everything off of your countertops
- Wipe down counters to make sure they are free from dirt and debris
- Use Granite Cleaner to clean counter tops. Let sit for 30 seconds before scrubbing to clean with a soft cloth. Wipe down with a dry cloth to dry.
- Work in a small area and apply sealer using a clean rag.
- Let sealer absorb for about 3 to 4 minutes.
- Apply more sealer when sealer is almost dry. (this is your second seal)
- Repeat steps 4 and 5 until you have done all your granite.
- Let sealer dry completely. See your specific sealer instructions for drying time. Should be around 3 hours, but could take as long as overnight.