Since its first introduction in the late 1980s, granite countertops have caused quite the sensation. Initially offered in only two colors, granite is now mined globally in a myriad of sizes, shapes, colors, and depths owing to lower shipping costs and increased demand. It was prized for its natural character and hardiness, and was priced accordingly; even 20 years later, granite countertops can go for $45-$200 per square foot, depending on the style and thickness.
All this is to say that granite countertops certainly have their place in the American kitchen. What doesn’t have its place are the hard water stains that can form on top of them. This common complaint is luckily easy to fix with the following tips.
Keep the surface dry.
While it can go without saying, the best way to keep your counters free of water hard water stains it to prevent them in the first place. Don’t let water sit for too long and keep the area around the sink and its faucets as a dry as possible to prevent the tell-tale lime build-up.
Test the finish.
Granite needs to be sealed up to three times a year to protect its finish and minimize oils and water from seeping into its hidden pores. Test an era by leaving a drop of water on the counter for 15 minutes. If the water is partially absorbed or if a dark spot remains after you’ve wiped the spot, it’s time to reseal your granite.
Seal the deal.
How often you seal your granite and the process you use will vary by manufacturer and installer, so check with them before you proceed. They can likely recommend supplies, brands, and methods to make sure you do it right the first time. Just remember to let the solution dry for at least 6 hours before you use your counters.
Avoid using vinegar, bleach, ammonia or any acidic cleaners or cleaners with harsh abrasives as they can and will ruin the surface of your granite countertop, resulting in a much more expensive overhaul.
It took millions (and sometimes billions) of years for granite to form from the earth’s crust. Keep it looking great for a few years more by following your installer’s guidelines and wiping up spills as soon as they happen.
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