Worktops are now a part of every kitchen especially those made of granite. This gives the kitchen a glistening look and the kitchen looks more attractive than ever. You might think, because of their toughness and strength, they will not be prone to deteriorate. But in fact, rough and careless use can hurt their dandiness. So, to make them everlasting, you have to treat them with care and do not put too much pressure or heavy objects on them. I will explain to you how you can increase their tenure and glimmer sparkle.
Coat the pores
Granite has pores in it which absorb liquids, stains and the detergents which you use to clean it. The detergents when excessively absorbed can dry out inside the pores and can cause cracks in the granite slab. Even moisture can cause fungus in the corners if not cleaned properly and without a protective coat, cleaning cannot be easy. Seals or lamination which can stay up to months or a year is the best for this type. You can ask your supplier to tell which type of lamination is suited for your kitchen worktop because all cannot be protected by the same one and for the same amount of time. Yours may be different than the rest and may require less or more coating, depending on its nature of formation.
Is daily cleaning good or bad for their health?
This question comes in mind when you read that too much moisture is not good. But I am not talking about washing them. Just heat up some water, take a sponge and then clean the slab to remove marks of spills. After that take a dry piece of cloth and rub it on the surface to absorb the moisture. If you encounter a stain that is not easy to remove, use a surface cleaning agent, just a drop or two, or a spray to soften the stain and then wipe it with the dried cloth piece. I shall remind you that dry cloth will remove the water lines on the surface because if left unattended they can also cause smears on the slab’s surface.
The corners on the inner side
While cleaning your granite slab in a hurry, it is possible that you miss the inner corners and the girt or dirt may stick there and accumulate for months. After a while the whole worktop will start looking dull and untidy. This can also cause health hazards if you have kids in your home because the girt will include bacteria which can be harmful. So, what I do is deep cleanse the worktop every weekend and make sure the inner corners on the downside get properly clean.
Longevity or endurance
Depending upon how you use the hot utensils or pots; placing directly or with tri-stands, you can observe how they impact your granite slabs. You definitely would have heard that cutlery or hot pots and pans do not affect the slabs of granite. But the pans can leave rustic stains or marks if you do not be careful enough. When the seasons change, the impact of things change too. I recommend using heat resistant mats, tri-stands or even boards on the granite worktops where you directly place your heated up cookers or dishes or cut your veggies to avoid any risk to their look.
Following the expert directions
Those who will provide you the granite for your kitchen will also tell you tips to act upon. If you have a doubt about their use or protection, ask your supplier or if you plan on using some strong alkali for cleaning purposes, ask the experts. Experimenting by yourself can leave you with regrets in case of your granite slabs. Another pro tip which I personally do is, I give a bit of steam to the spills so they can soften and then I wipe them off because scrubbing is not good and strong alkalis can leave marks if used again and again on the same area.
Here is a short list of what to do and what not to do
Do not delay the coating, the more you postpone the more you are risking your own health because of the germ sticking on the worktops.
Don’t experiment with acids to clean their surfaces as they have a tendency to eat away the granite. If you accidentally spill anything of this nature wash it off quickly.
Ask the seller where you want to use a cleaner before buying it.
Do not use net or a wire object to scrub off the leftovers which you think are stuck on the surface. Also, try not to use tide pods or powders or anything having bleach as its main ingredient. This will make more mess than cleaning.