Granite Countertop Maintenance

Granite countertop maintenance is actually very simple. There are a few things you must do to keep up with the maintenance on your granite countertops.

In this guide you will learn all you need to know about granite countertop maintenance so that you can keep your countertops looking as new as when you first had them installed.

Daily Maintenance

Daily maintenance of your granite countertops is necessary to preserve the quality and life of the countertop. Here are some daily tasks that you must do.
Clean after each use and keep them dry
Watch for spills
Check for chips and cracks
Clean sink area and keep dry

Monthly Maintenance

Monthly maintenance includes things similar to daily countertop maintenance however you will perform more tasks to ensure your granite countertops are working as needed
Clean your countertops and dry them
Clean under small countertop appliances
Check for damage under around your sink
Feel the edge of your granite checking for chips

Granite Countertop Maintenance

I want to go into further details on your granite countertop maintenance routine. You must understand possible issues that you could face with your countertops if you do not maintain your granite countertops. 

Cleaning Your Granite Countertops

Cleaning your granite countertops should be a daily routine. If you do not use them everyday then you may not need to clean them but if you use them then clean them. That is a good rule of thumb.

If you want to learn how to clean your granite countertops then check out our cleaning granite content linked in blue.

Sealing Your Granite Countertops

Sealing your granite countertops is a requirement if you want to keep them stain resistant. This also helps when you don't notice a spill and it is allowed time to sit and possibly stain your granite.

You can use my granite water test method to determine if your granite countertops need to be sealed. Also, regardless you should seal it every six months to one year to be safe and certain that your countertops are completely stain resistant. Sometimes different areas of the granite will have more use causing more wear on the sealer in that area. Be sure to water test several areas.

Also, be sure to use a really good sealer recommended by Countertop Advisor. I have personally tested many different sealers and have listed the best granite sealers for your convenience.

Common Granite Maintenance Questions

I get a lot of questions about countertop maintenance and I love it when people ask these things because this shows me that they want to take very good care of their countertops. This also helps me to avoid the question of getting stains out of granite which sometimes does not go very well. It is best to educate yourself and prevent issues rather than fix them later.

Common questions include:

Does My Granite Need To Be Sealed

Granite needs to be sealed every year at least once. I recommend sealing granite every six months just to ensure that your granite countertops are stain resistant. You can perform a water test to ensure your granite is properly sealed.

Is Sealing My Granite Countertops Necessary

If you want to keep your granite countertops free from stains and looking as good as they did when they were first installed then yes it is absolutely necessary.

How Do Granite Sealers Work

Granite sealers work by coating your countertops with a stain resistant layer that prevents liquids from penetrating the pores of the granite countertops. All sealers essentially work the same however some sealers do it better than others.
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