Common Mistakes People Make When Caring for Their Granite Countertops

Granite countertops are one of the most popular choices for homeowners who want to add an updated look to their kitchens and value to their home. Our local real estate market here in north Texas is no exception. As the real estate market continues to grow, so does the demand for granite countertops in Dallas. The costs of granite countertops vary from cost friendly choices to higher priced options. Customers also have a wide choice of color options as well. At Holz & Stein, we carry several different colors of granite at different budgets for all of our customers. Once our installers have completed your countertops, you need to be aware of how to care for the granite. Here are a few of our tips.

Cleaning Up Spills

Just like other surfaces in your kitchen, any spills which happen on your countertops should be cleaned up right away. As tough as granite is, it’s not impossible for liquids to seep inside and stain it over time. When standing water evaporates, it can leave rings on your granite countertops, which will need to be rubbed off. Hard water stains may require more effort or even a granite countertop polish to remove. Acidic liquid spills such as orange juice, wine or coffee can possibly damage the sealant over time resulting in stains or etching and need to be wiped away when they happen.

Avoid Certain Cleaners on Your Granite Countertop

You should always avoid using abrasive cleaners such as scouring powders or any steel wool products on your granite countertops. These products can damage the sealant used on your countertop. Warm water and the occasional mild liquid soap when needed can usually do the trick. For tougher stains, or if your countertop appears to be dull, you may also choose a cleaner specifically designed for granite countertops.

Avoid Hot Pans

Granite countertops in your kitchen are one of the most attractive surfaces you can choose for your home. However, they are not completely impervious to damage. Just like any other surface in your home, you should always use a trivet to place hot pots and pans on after removing them from the hot stovetop or oven. While rare and not immediate, it is possible for heat to damage the sealant used on your countertop. Over time it can damage your granite countertops by causing thermal shock and eventually cracks.

Granite Countertops for Your Home

An updated kitchen adds value to your home. Granite countertops can give you the updated look you want while taking daily wear. While your granite countertops may well outlast almost everything else in your home, just like other investments, care and preventative maintenance can save you possible repair costs and headaches. Holz & Stein has been installing granite countertops in the Dallas area for over 15 years. We have direct relationships with our local suppliers and dealers allowing us to keep the costs of your granite countertops lower while still providing the best quality craftsmanship here in Dallas, Texas. Contact us today so we can help you get the kitchen of your dreams.