Caring for Your Granite
- Clean up any spills as soon as they happen. Use a sponge or a soft cloth and hot water.
- Use coasters under bottles, cans and glasses to protect surfaces on countertops.
- Place hot pads under pots and pans. The pans themselves won’t damage the granite, but material trapped between the pan and the surface might cause scratching. The granite can also be too hot to touch after removing the pan.
- Treat grease stains by placing several layers of paper towels over the stain and saturate the towels with acetone. Cover with plastic wrap and tape it down. Wait 24 hours and then take the plastic off. Leave the towels in place until they dry. Seal the countertop once the stain is gone.
- Do not use bleach, glass cleaners or ammonia on granite. They can degrade granite, making it more likely to stain.
- Avoid using bathtub or tub & tile cleaners. Many of them contain abrasive chemical’s that might dull the granite countertops.
- Clean countertops with commercial products made specifically for cleaning granite or natural stone.
- Use cutting boards when working with acidic foods like citrus fruits and tomatoes. Using cutting boards also reduces damage to your knives.