by April Reinhardt
(last updated January 23, 2012)
Due to its aesthetic qualities and high durability, polished granite is a popular choice for kitchen and bathroom countertops. Granite countertops are always installed by professionals who seal the granite during installation to protect against stains. If granite countertops are not sealed, stains will change the color of the granite, and the stone could harbor bacteria. You do need to reseal your granite countertops once each year. Simply purchase granite sealer from your local home improvement store and follow the directions on the product, but always use a nontoxic sealer on food preparation areas.
If your granite countertops are sealed properly, you will never need to use bleach or harsh chemicals to get rid of stains. Instead, use mild soap and water to clean up spills right away. Other things you need to know and do when cleaning your granite countertops are:
If you have stains that you simply cannot remove, call the company that installed your countertops for advice. Avoid placing gritty objects on your granite countertops, and never place hot pans on sealed granite surfaces. The heat will not harm the granite, but it will destroy the sealer.
It is wise to use coasters under all cups and glasses, since some beverages contain coffee or fruit juices, and both will stain or etch granite countertop surfaces.
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