How to clean your new Granite countertops.

You’ve just gotten your new countertops installed. They look great, and you can’t wait to start cooking on them but WAIT! You’ve already spilled something on them and now you’re wondering how to clean it up. Well look no further than this blog post because I’m about to teach you how to take care of your new granite countertops!

Granite is one of the toughest surfaces out there, but it can still be corroded by acidic solutions like vinegar, Windex, or bleach. It’s best to not use any household cleaners when taking care of your granite. What you should use instead is a warm, soapy water mixture to wipe down stains followed by a clean water rinse.

You shouldn’t let stains sit either, instead you should clean them up as soon as you notice them so you don’t weaken the granite trying to get the stain off.

In case you do encounter a bad stain that’s been there for a while you should mix baking soda and water into a paste and cover the stain with it. After the stain is covered with your paste mixture place a sheet of plastic wrap over it and tape the plastic wrap down. Leave it taped down for a couple of days and then use a cloth to wipe the mixture away and rinse with warm water.

You should also have your countertops professionally resealed every two to four years to keep them looking shiny and new. And that’s all you need to know about cleaning your new granite countertops, so go clean that stain from the beginning of this article up!

Granite or Quartz?

In some of the previous blog posts I’ve talked about different types of Quartz and Granite, but you may be wondering “well what’s the difference between the two?”

First things first, granite is a 100% natural stone with lots of colors due to the way its molten materials cool and solidify. Basically there are no two slabs that are the same. Quartz on the other hand is typically 95% ground natural quartz and 5% polymer resins. Quartz has the look of a natural stone but due to it’s man made origin, it’s a lot more customizable than granite. People typically spend more time looking for the perfect slab of granite whereas the quartz selection process is typically easier because there’s less choices.

The second biggest difference between quartz and granite is the way they’re affected by every-day use. For example, granite is formed under intense heat so it’s naturally resistant to high temperatures. Quartz on the other hand is not. Because quartz isn’t formed the way granite is, it’s a lot more sensitive to heat. You won’t be able to set a hot pot or pan down on quartz because the quartz will warp and it’ll leave marks on your countertop.

Granite and Quartz are both relatively easy to clean. They both require regular cleaning and you shouldn’t let spills settle. The only real difference is that granite should be resealed once a year while quartz doesn’t require resealing.

By this point, you’re probably wondering “so which one should I pick for my kitchen or bathroom?” Honestly it’s all a matter of personal preference. What’s your design scheme like? How much time do you spend in the kitchen? Will heat resistance be an issue you consider when choosing materials? These are all things you should consider when choosing a countertop. Thankfully, your friends at Granite Surfaces of Texas are here to walk you through this journey to finding the perfect natural stone surface.

How Dekton is Made

Dekton is an ultracompact surface developed by Cosentino that boasts extraordinary aesthetic and technical characteristics as well as resistance to scratches and high and low temperatures. It’s almost completely impervious to liquids, extremely stain resistant, and it’s color remains the same over time, even when exposed to ultraviolet radiation.

Check out the video below to get a glimpse into the process involved in making this miracle surface.