Make It Last: Tips for Caring for Your New Granite Countertop.

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Finally getting the kitchen of your dreams is a big deal - we get it! For many, the ideal kitchen involves all new appliances, plenty of cabinet space, and classic touches like granite countertops. As fun as it can be to enjoy your new space, we know that panic can strike when it comes time to care for your new kitchen, especially those fancy new appliances and natural stone countertops. 

Fortunately, you’re in luck if you selected granite countertops for your new kitchen. Not only are granite countertops beautiful and long-lasting, but they are also easy to care for and maintain. The following tips can help you protect your beautiful new countertops so that you can enjoy them for years to come.

Things you should do

- Clean your granite countertop with a soft cloth or sponge.

- Use water or mild dish soap daily cleaning, being careful to rinse and dry the surface.

- If your countertop needs deeper cleaning, use a cleaner that is made specifically for granite. 

- Granite countertops can stain, so make sure to clean up all spills quickly.

- Protect your countertop from heat by always using a trivet.

Things you should not do

- Do not sit or place heavy items on your countertop because this can actually crack the granite.

- Do not use acidic or abrasive cleansers on granite because it will damage the stone.

- Do not cut directly on your granite countertop.

- Do not ignore chips or cracks. Many of these can be repaired.

Additionally, you should periodically check to make sure your countertop’s seal is still good. To do this, simply drop some water onto your countertop and see if it beads up or soaks in. If the water beads up, your seal is fine. If the water soaks in, then it’s time to reseal!  Don’t worry though - while your granite countertop was sealed when it was installed, it’s normal to need resealing over time. 

Of course, you should always follow the directions of the manufacturer or installer. They will know what’s best for your specific product and unique situation. This will ensure that you can continue to enjoy your granite countertop and dream kitchen for as long as you own your home.