How Deep Clean Granite Benchtops: Benchtop Care
Avoid wiping the spill, as that spreads the liquid and could possibly stain the surface. Wipe the granite with hot water and a sponge daily.
This keeps the kitchen benchtop free of dirt and debris, which could scratch or stain the granite. Make sure that the sponge is free of dishwashing liquid, as soap can dull the look of granite over time. Use a stone cleaner once a week to keep the granite clean. Apply the cleaner with a white, soft cloth and rinse with hot water.Dry the kitchen benchtop with a soft towel. Polish the granite every three months to maintain its shine. Apply the granite polish to your kitchen benchtop and buff it with a white, soft cloth until you achieve a shiny surface. Apply the sealer to the granite with a clean, white cloth, making sure that the coating is uniform all over the benchtop. Wait approximately two hours, and then apply a second coat of sealer. Allow the benchtop to dry before using it.
We would love to help you create your new kitchen. Granite is one of the hardest minerals on earth, so is by nature extremely strong and durable. This doesn’t mean it doesn’t need a little bit of loving, with a good routine using basic equipment and product, your granite benchtop will serve you well for many years.
First you’ll need to do a surface clean of the benchtop to remove any loose grime. You can do this simply with a paper towel. Apply the solution to a cloth and wipe down the stone areas.
Once your done, use a paper towel to pat the excess water off of the surface. This will ensure your benchtop is clean, safe for use and super shiny! Chemicals with acidic properties are the one thing that can corrode the sealing of granite, so do not use any product using vinegar or lemon. However, mild phosphate-free, biodegradable liquid dish-soaps, soap flake or powders which contain no aromatics are acceptable if rinsing is thorough. Stone surface should be first wetted with clean, hot (not boiling) water. Then, using the cleaner solution, wash in small overlapping sweeps, from bottom-up if a vertical surface. Rinse thoroughly with clean, tap water to remove all traces of soap or cleaners solution change the water in the rinse pail frequently. Chamois skin may be used in lieu of cotton cloth in this process.
Spills of any type should be immediately removed and water-rinsed. Coasters should be placed under all glasses, particularly those containing liquors or citrus juices.
Hot-plates should be used under heated dishes.
Generally, prevention will save a great deal of time spent on cures and remedies, especially since damages to stone, are often irreparable. Polished stone should receive the same care and consideration that is given to a fine wood finish. Marble is sealed with penetrating sealer to help prevent the absorption of stains into the stone. Therefore it is recommended that marble be resealed periodically with a penetrating stone sealer on all horizontal surfaces.
Calcareous stones are readily dissolved in acid; therefore acidic products, such as lemon or tomato juices should not be used on marble. These will cause the stone to etch – the surface finish will dull and change texture. Wiping spills immediately and taking caution to use only cleansers specified for stone will help avoid etching your marble.
Do not use chemical products for cleaning such as acid like chemicals, on your new bench top as this can cause a build up eventually taking away the high gloss finish that granite & marble achieves.
Lighter colored granites will be more prone to staining than darker ones.
Wiping spills immediately will help avoid most potential staining. Your bench top is sealed with stain-resistant sealer after installation. We recommend regularly re-sealing your granite according to the sealer’s instruction. Take care to use the proper cleaning agents; those that are ammonia based can etch the granite and dull its polish. While cutting directly on granite surfaces will not affect the large majority of granites, cutting boards are recommended. Repeated use of a knife in the same place on a granite bench top eventually wears down the polish and will blunt your knives.
Be careful of the weak part of the kitchen bench tops, these are normally; for example at the front & back of the sink and cook top. Downward pressure to these area’s will cause cracking or breakage. Although granite is a solid and strong material it will not expand or contract to any measurable degree and therefore should not be subjected to excessive weight, stress or extreme temperatures.
This can cause granite to fracture or crack when used as a workbench! For everyday routine cleaning we recommend wiping the surface with warm soapy water (a mild detergent) and a damp cloth or alternatively use a quality spray and wipe type cleaner. To remove adhered materials like food gum and nail polish, first scrape away the excess with a sharp blade. Household bleach can generally be used as an effective cleaner to remove stubborn marks but care should be taken as some products are considerably stronger than others.
We always recommend the use of a hot pad or trivet to place hot items onto. So, do not use products that contain trichlorethane or methylene chloride such as paint removers or strippers.
Should the surface be accidentally exposed to any of these damaging products, rinse immediately with water to neutralise the effects.
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Avoid wiping the spill, as that spreads the liquid and could possibly stain the surface. Wipe the granite with hot water and a sponge daily. This keeps the kitchen benchtop free of dirt and debris, which could scratch or stain the granite. Make sure that the sponge is free of...firstname.lastname@example.orgAdministrator Stone Restoration Blog