Granite countertops are one of the hottest choices for bathroom and kitchens for their high-end quality, modern look and durability. Granite is rock hard and is known to come second to diamond in terms of harness of natural materials and for boosting a home’s value! But even these high-end countertops need proper maintenance in order for them to last long. Maintaining granite countertops is not very hard, but for an investment this expensive, you can never be too careful. There are some important measurements you can take to make sure your granite countertops last long and give you a high return for their price.
Here are some ways you can make sure your granite countertops are well-maintained and go a long way:
1. Seal Properly
One of the reasons granite is a popular choice for countertops in both bathrooms and kitchens is because it does not need any extra sealing as it is naturally non-porous. However, in humid environments or where liquid is left to stand on them, for example in bathrooms, they can absorb the moisture and it will get locked up inside. In order to avoid that, make sure you seal your countertops especially in high moisture places like the bathroom to ensure their long term maintenance.
2. Clean the Right Way
Even though granite countertops don’t require any high-end maintenance and cleaning, and can easily be cleaned with a wet cloth, there are some extra steps you can take to make sure they are thoroughly clean. They can get dull or stained over time if they’re not cleaned regularly so make sure you do a quick wipe of the countertops everyday to help keep stains off of them. Moreover, don’t leave spills to clean later on because as we already mentioned, despite being non-porous, they can absorb moisture if liquids are left to stand on them. Avoid using harsh chemical products like acids to clean the countertops and clean the grout lines if you’re using granite tiles.
3. Add a Butcher’s Block
Granite countertops are known to be resistant to scratches, but constantly cutting over them directly will eventually start to show its effects. It’s always better to be cautious! You can add a butcher’s block to your kitchen countertops for cutting things and it can also be used to place hot pans on because direct heat can also damage the countertops. Using cutting boards or adding a butcher’s block to the countertops will protect your granite countertops and make them last a long time. You can either reserve space close to your working station for a butcher’s block or get one installed near the sink or on the kitchen island. Butcher blocks make cutting really easy and help you protect your countertops from scratches and prevent damage.
4. Revitalize Over Time
Even the high-end countertops can start to lose their shine over time due to continuous use. They are an expensive investment, and to make sure they don’t bring down the value of your home instead of increasing it, revitalize them from time to time. You can reseal them every few months, or even refinish them for a better look. If they have been chipped over time, you can fill those scratches and chips and make them as good as new! Revitalizing your countertops will keep them looking fresh and new and increase the value of your home.
Despite being one of the best countertop options, granite needs maintenance in order to last a long time. If properly cared for, granite countertops can last up to 30+ years! This is what makes them such a worthy investment and that’s why they deserve proper care to increase the value of your home!