Granite Countertops

Granite countertops are bacteria resistant, as long as you keep them clean. Granite countertop installation by Granite Source Inc. includes sealing the granite, but you should reseal your countertop every six to 12 months. It’s easy to do. Just follow the directions on the product label of a granite sealer purchased at any home improvement store – just make sure that it’s both oil and water resistant.

Between sealings, use a simple soft cloth or sponge and warm water with some gentle dish detergent. Dry the counter thoroughly to avoid water stains. If something does spill, make sure you clean it up immediately. Blot and wipe — the blotting helps the spill to stay in one place.

Avoid
Avoid abrasive cleaning products, such as “magic sponges” that contain mild abrasives. Always test your cleaning product on an inconspicuous area first. Let it sit overnight to see whether a stain or discoloration develops.

  • Coffee or soda can dull the surface of the granite.
  • Although granite can withstand the heat of a pot or other cookware, use a trivet or coaster to avoid sliding the pan, which can cause scratching.
  • Don’t use any vinegar, ammonia or citrus-based cleaners, because they’re too acidic and can dull the surface.
  • Don’t sit or stand on your countertops. They’re hard, but not flexible, and could crack if too much weight is applied in one spot.
Treating Stains
If you miss a spill and it becomes a stain, try this gentle baking soda solution. If your stain is water-based, add a little hydrogen peroxide to the baking soda. If your stain is oil-based, add water instead. Make your baking soda/liquid mixture into a paste. Spread it over the stain and let it sit overnight — or even a day or two for stubborn stains. Then, rinse off and dry the counter. This homemade paste is called a poultice.

Very little maintenance is required for quartz countertops. This engineered product does not require sealants, and its non-porous surface makes it a durable, sanitary option for kitchens or bathrooms.

Quartz can be cleaned easily with a mild detergent, water and a soft cloth or paper towel. Abrasive cleansers or harsh scouring pads and cleansers that contain bleach should not be used with quartz. Engineered stone surfaces do not require polishing to keep them shiny and smooth, but they should be cleaned gently to maintain their distinctive shine.

A rounded plastic knife may be used to remove dried foods or liquids on a quartz surface. Dried paint or grease can be gently scraped away with a plastic knife. Avoid using metal knives and utensils directly on the countertop, as metal may scratch the quartz.

Avoid
Avoid exposing quartz countertops to permanent inks, markers or dyes, as these substances may not be removable. If a countertop is marked by a permanent marker or dye, rinse the area with water as soon as possible, then apply a cleansing product approved by the manufacturer if the stain is still visible. Clean the area again with water after applying the cleanser.
 
Turpentine and other paint stripping products may damage or discolor a quartz surface. To be on the safe side, avoid exposing quartz to any strong chemicals or solvents unless your manufacturer recommends them for use in removing stubborn stains or hardened grease. If exposure to a potentially harmful chemical solvent occurs, clean the area with water immediately.

Quartz countertops can be damaged by direct exposure to heat. When cooking, use trivets or heating pads to guard the countertop surface against direct exposure to hot cookware or coffee pots.

Treating Stains
Although quartz is resistant to stains from juice, wine, coffee and other food substances, it is best to wipe up spills immediately to prevent possible stains. When chopping vegetables, slicing bread or preparing other foods with sharp utensils, use a cutting board to prevent scratches.

Harsh cleansers should not be used to remove grease or other cooking stains. Gently scrape away hardened grease with a plastic knife before applying cleanser.

To ensure that you get the most life from your countertops and that your warranty covers any unexpected damages, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for care.