Granite is a common stone used inside the home. Granite is a strong or sturdy stone that is frequently used for floors, countertops, and even on the walls. Granite comes in a wide variation in rocky patterns and colors. When a homeowner invests in granite stone in their home, they should take all of the proper steps in maintaining it. Silver State Floor Restoration will go over how to properly care for granite stone.
What Cleaners are Safe for Granite?
Granite stone is one of the strongest types of stone and is just under diamonds on the hardness scale. Granite is a strong stone that is more resistant to erosion, abrasions and stains. Even though granite is just as durable as stone, you still must care for the stone and ensure it is properly maintained. When cleaning granite floors, countertops or siding, you can use distilled warm water with a little bit of liquid dish soap. Always use a soft, clean cloth and rinse off the stone afterward with distilled water to prevent a soapy residue. Where you can clean up spills and perform basic cleaning with soapy water, you may also want to consider using a granite stone cleaning product. When cleaning granite stone you will want to avoid acidic cleaners especially vinegar and lemon and some of the other DIY cleaners. High acid will cause erosion, discoloring and scratches up the stone.
What Maintenance is Required for Granite Countertops?
When it comes to granite countertops you should never stand on the counter top or put too much weight on the surface. Countertops are cut very thin and too much weight will cause the granite to crack and break. Additionally, never place hot pans or have the granite exposed to intense heat. Granite weakens under a lot of heat and can burn and stain the stone’s surface. It is recommended to clean up spills as soon as they occur to prevent staining of the stone.
Do You Need to Seal Granite Countertops?
Granite stone is very strong but occasionally chips will occur if something heavy is dropped on the granite. When chips do occur they can be repaired. Chips can be buffed out. However, granite is often repaired by replacing the chipped piece of granite with an epoxy. Sealing your granite is another essential step in granite stone care. The stone’s sealer helps to protect the stone from stains, moisture and minor impact damages. A sealer will wear down over time and will eventually need to be replaced. You can always tell when granite needs to be resealed. You can pour water on the stone and after a few minutes you wipe the surface. If the stone looks damp then it is time to reseal the stone. When granite needs to be resealed, it is always best to seek a professional natural stone sealing service. A professional uses quality sealers and can repair any chips and other damages that may have developed. Stains can also be buffed out before the stone is resealed.
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For those with granite or other natural stone in your home, make sure to take the needed steps in maintaining and caring for your stone. For quality stone sealing and care services, contact Silver State Floor Restoration today.