When you get a brand new kitchen, it’s almost too beautiful to use. You don’t want to mess anything up. However, at some point, you’re going to have to start using your kitchen, and that includes getting the countertops dirty. Although there’s something cozy about a kitchen that has been through its share of dinner parties and bake sales, you can still take measures to keep your kitchen, especially the granite countertops, looking shiny and new.

Cleaning granite countertops
Wipe up spills and dry your granite countertops after use to keep them looking new.

Granite countertops are the number one choice

From the ancient pyramids to your new kitchen countertops, granite has stood the test of time. From the unique beauty of the natural stone to their durability, granite countertops continue to lead the pack. One of the biggest draws is that granite countertops are virtually maintenance-free – virtually.

Maintaining granite countertops

Granite countertops are made up of many different crystals that give it that distinct look that varies from stone to stone. The blend of crystals that make up your countertops is what gives each slab unique characteristics. Because of the blend of crystals, the first thing you need to make sure is that your granite countertops are properly sealed. Whereas most countertops come pre-sealed when they are installed, you will have to reapply sealant from time to time. If you notice that moisture is being absorbed into your countertops rather than beading up and remaining on the surface, it may be time to reapply another coat of sealant.

Removing stains from granite countertops

Removing stains from granite countertops
Remove stains and watermarks with baking soda and water.
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Baking soda is one of the most useful items that we all have in our kitchen. Plus, it’s a natural, non-toxic product that you can use to rid your countertops of unwanted stains and watermarks. Make a paste of baking soda and water and spread it over the stains. Leave the paste to absorb the stain. Sometimes, this method can take a few days. If you’re impatient, you can add a bit of hydrogen peroxide to speed things up.

Regular maintenance of granite countertops

Of course, daily maintenance is your best weapon against premature wear and tear. After each use, be sure to wipe down your granite countertops using water and a mild soap. Try to avoid acidic liquids, as these could damage the sealant. When you’re done, dry your counters completely and you’ll be rewarded with years and years of gorgeous granite countertops that keep looking as good as new.

Kitchen showroom in Centennial

If you’re looking to remodel your kitchen or simply replace your countertops, make an appointment at our Denver kitchen showroom. We’ve got the largest selection of top brands for every style and budget. Plus, we’ll match you up with a designer to help you turn your dream kitchen into a reality.