Granite Glue Countertops

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How to clean granite countertops

Owners who are trying to increase the value of their homes enjoy the durability and easy maintenance when upgrade to granite countertops. Granite is the most durable of all stones, second only to diamonds. Granite, being created from molten rock, can withstand the heat of a hot pot without a trivet. The hardness of the surface is excellent for the management of the masses and confectionery. While durable and low maintenance, however, are not impervious to damage.

Properly installed granite should last a lifetime, one justification for the higher costs associated with material and installation. The granite suppler should provide personalized instructions for care of each slab, since all granite is made up of many different minerals. Even if two different stone slabs come from the same part of the world, there will be variations in the granite that require different types of care.

Adequate attention ensures the longevity and beauty expected from this premium product. In addition to the polished finish, you can get a "mate" or matte finish. Despite finishing Polishing can be very attractive, not recommended for use in the kitchen. Over time, daily use tends to give a veneer to some areas, and additional necessary sealers will distract the beauty of the area. The polished finish is easier to maintain with regular care and cleaning including the use of sealers to prevent staining.

Care a polished finish begins with daily attention to what is placed on the surface. Granite countertops are hard and can withstand a drop of soup, but the polished is a little trickier. Never use granite as a cutting surface, always use a cutting board. Avoid acidic foods like lemon juice, vinegar and beverages non-alcoholic who stays on the surface of any amount of time, as they may damage the surfaces. Another thing that removes the polished shine are harsh cleaning products or cleansers abrasive (liquid or powder). To clean the surface without leaving marks, use only a small amount of warm water with a pH balanced liquid detergent.

Although granite is very hard, some minerals in it can be very soft. The existence of different minerals is what makes the granite easy to scratch, chipped or break it along the grain. In order to protect the surface, avoid dragging pots, pans or appliances across the stone. Scooting something across the cover that has even a grain of sugar under it will scratch the polished surface. Scratches allow stains to market an otherwise beautiful surface.

Once a year, a penetrating sealer should be applied. Regular polishing will keep the glossy finish. Use a penetrating sealer recommended by the supplier or manufacturer of home. Avoid using a sealant stone which does not penetrate the stone, as it will create an area of ​​clouds that have to be removed by removing the entire deck, using harsh solvents. Remember, the glossy sheen is not caused by a layer on the surface, but by expert polishing using diamond polishing tools.

If minor damage to a countertop granite, which can be resolved by the homeowner. If a pot or pan leaves a gray or black on the surface can be polished out using fine steel wool. If a glue-like substance is stuck on the counter, can be scraped with a credit card or single sided razor blade. Small marks made during the removal can be polished with fine steel wool. If the granite is chipped or cracked, a professional should be called in to perform invisible repairs.

Addition of its strength, granite is a very beautiful stone that adds color and warmth to any kitchen. With just a little care to protect its beauty and utility, granite countertops will last lifetime.

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