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Granite countertops are durable, affordable and give a unique look to your kitchen. It is one of the oldest rocks. It lasts longer than other countertops. It comes with different specks, veins and swirls.
Tips to care for your granite countertops: Granite countertops are durable, affordable and give a unique look to your kitchen. It is one of the oldest rocks. It lasts longer than other countertops. It comes with different specks, veins and swirls. There are many styling options too. Though they are resistant to stains, scratches, cracks and cuts, long usage leads to damage due to knife and hot pans. Follow the below specified tips to maintain your granite countertop as brand new; Seal the countertop : Seal the countertops periodically. It is the act of closing your granite pores. It will make the countertop resistant to absorption. It gives that incredible shine to your countertop too. If the countertop has suffered contact to acidic or oily substances, then seal it more often. Clean it regularly : Regular cleaning of countertops is vital. After each use, try to wipe the countertop. This will help keep your countertop sanitized and save it from scratches or stains. Simple soap water would suffice. Then rinse it with water. Avoid abrasive soaps, detergents and rough scrubs to make your countertop spotless. Use the cleaning sachets that some manufacturers offer when you purchase your countertop. They get the work done without harming your countertop even though they come with a higher price tag. Keep your granite countertop away from; Acidic materials : Avoid using acidic materials in kitchen. If you cannot abide by this rule occasionally then, quickly wipe your countertop during and after preparation. Acidic liquids like vinegar, strong vine or lemon juice can leave back color stains. Fresh meat : Blood from fresh meat can stain your countertop and leave behind an unpleasant odor. Both of these are very difficult to get rid of. Place fresh meat over parchment paper, tin foil or plastic always. Moreover, do not forget to keep cleaning your countertop after every use. Oil : Oil stains your countertop like none other. It stains the countertop from inside out. Sealing your countertop at least two times a year can prevent this. Processors and mixers : Granite countertops are prone to scratches. To keep your shiny countertop scratch resistant avoid chopping or cutting directly on the countertop. You can do more harm to your countertop when you drag kitchen equipments. Therefore, avoid placing food processors and mixers on your countertop. If possible, buy protective pads for your mixers or any other kitchen equipment that you cannot keep away from your countertop. This will serve as a protective layer that avoids direct contact of the equipment to your countertop. Knives : Countertops are also susceptible to cuts. Avoid cutting directly on the surface of your countertop. Use a chopping board always. Also, keep your knives far away from the countertops. Usually knives are safely kept in the draws. Knives should be dealt with more care than any other materials, as they are too sharp to be ignored.
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