Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Yearly: A Granite Maintenance Guide

Granite counters are known for being both beautiful and durable. You can set pans right on them, and you don't have to worry about them getting scratched or dinged by knives or falling dishes. However, that does not necessarily mean granite counters are low-maintenance. They do require the proper care in order to continue looking their best. Here is a look at the care required on a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly basis.

Daily: Microfiber Cloth and Water

If you don't spill anything or make a real mess on your granite counter, you can just wipe it down daily with a microfiber cloth, which will grab onto any dust particles and small debris. If you do spill something, as long as it's not a contaminated substance like meat juices, you can just wipe it up with a little water on a microfiber cloth or paper towel. Using too many cleaners on granite can damage the finish, so turning to just water and plain cloth when possible is smart.

Weekly: Use a Granite Cleaner

Once a week, perhaps after you cook a big meal and the counter is a mess, you should use a proper granite-cleaning product on the counters. (Do not use a cleaner that does not specifically say it is safe for granite. Such products may contain ammonia, which can damage the finish.) Spray the counter down generously, and then wipe in a back-and-forth pattern to loosen any grime. Then, spray the counter a second time and wipe in the perpendicular direction to remove any lingering residue. This double-wipe approach helps prevent streaks.

Monthly: Inspect the Seams

Once a month, look over your granite counters carefully, paying close attention to the seams. If you see any gaps or breaking away at the seams, then your counters need to be fixed by a professional before anything leaks down between the segments.

Yearly: Seal the Granite

Once a year, you should check whether your granite needs sealing. Pour a little water on the counter, and watch what happens. If the water beads up, your finish is just fine. If the water spreads out, your granite needs to be refinished. Most counters do not need to be refinished every single year, but you should check yearly to be sure. A professional can reseal the counters within a few hours, and they can often do it for an affordable fee.

With granite counters, it all comes down to maintenance. Follow the advice above, and you'll be on the path towards success.

To learn more about granite countertops, contact a granite contractor near you.