3 Steps to Care for Your Granite and Stone Surfaces

By Shannon Gurnee
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June 9, 2017
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I remember the first time we walked through our home. The ceilings in the front room and bedroom were high, the carpet was white (yes, older people lived here before us and didn’t have kids – hence the white carpet) and the counters were made of granite. I love granite countertops! I love the way they look and feel. While we love the way they feel, it’s also very important to care for them the right way.

Many homeowners install granite, marble and other natural-stone surfaces, such as countertops, for their beauty – adding that WOW factor and conversation piece that guests notice when they walk into the kitchen. However, that gorgeous shine can be only maintained by a rigorous process, not just from applying wax.. Check out these 3 Steps to Care for Your Granite and Stone Surfaces.

3 Steps to Care for Your Granite and Stone Surfaces

Step 1 – Clean. The first step is to clean your granite or stone surface. Did you know that the overspray from common household cleaners, including glass cleaners, can damage natural stone surfaces? This can lead to costly repair and replacement. With Granite Gold All Surface Cleaner®, you’ll get an all-surface cleaner that can do it all and works on stone surfaces, stainless steel, glass, mirrors, brass, cooktops and more.

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Step 2 – Seal. The second step is to seal your granite or stone surface. Sealing granite countertops and other natural-stone surfaces is made simple with Granite Gold Sealer®. This easy-to-apply spray-and-wipe stone sealer creates a barrier to protect all natural stone. Frequent use of the water-based stone sealer maintains maximum surface protection against staining, etching and soil build-up. Regularly check the integrity of the seal with an at-home water test. Pour water (about 3 inches in diameter) on the surface in several locations and let it sit for 30 minutes. If you see a dark mark or ring, the water is penetrating the stone and it’s time to reseal.

Step 3 – Polish. Before Granite Gold® was created, the brand was often asked for advice on how to polish marble, granite and other natural stone. Now you can quickly and easily enhance the shine and luster of your granite, marble and other natural-stone surfaces. This granite polish also works great on quartz surfaces such as Silestone, Corian and Cambria. Regular use after cleaning with our granite cleaner, Granite Gold Daily Cleaner®, will bring out stone’s natural beauty and provide ongoing protection against water spots and fingerprints. Polishing shower walls and tub surrounds will help prevent soap scum build-up. Do not use on floors, which can become slippery.

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These Granite Gold® products are available nationwide at Walmart, Lowe’s, Home Depot, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Amazon. You can also find a store near you by using this store locator.

About Granite Gold®

Because they are a company created by third generation stone care experts (with knowledge stemming back to the 1950’s), they put a high priority on consumer education in efforts to spread stone care knowledge to homeowners everywhere. Their emphasis is polishing, but their core message is always the three essential steps to caring for natural stone- clean often, seal frequently and polish regularly. It is also important to know the process in which a stone’s natural shine undergoes, begins when it’s first quarried from the earth’s surface. These 40,000 pound stone blocks are taken to a factory for processing, where then a giant gang saw using diamond blades slices the blocks into a calibrated thickness. Next they are sent over to a polishing line where they pass under diamond polishing heads that apply thousands of pounds of pressure per square inch. Here, finer and finer grits bring out the natural polish of the stone and slabs are then bundled and shipped to your local stone manufacturer and installer to be further cut to a homeowner’s needs. It’s this factory finish that enhances their inherent characteristics — veins, swirls, crystals — prior to installations.

Be sure to check out Granite Gold® products for the care of your granite and natural-stone surface needs!

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of Redhead Mom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

18 Responses to “3 Steps to Care for Your Granite and Stone Surfaces”

  1. […] I remember the first time we walked through our home. The ceilings in the front room and bedroom were high, the carpet was white (yes, older people lived here before us and didn’t have kids – hence the white carpet) and the counters were made of granite. I love granite countertops! I love the way […] Click Here For Original Source Of The Article […]

  2. Julie Wood says:

    I have used these products before and really like them. They work really good in keeping granite in good shape and looking so clean.

  3. I don’t have granite counter tops, but I would love to. Good to know how to take care of them when we do get them.

  4. Thank you so much for sharing this information! I really had no idea that you had to do sealing and all of that.

  5. This is awesome info. Before we got our counters, I thought granite was something you just installed and left to its own devices.

  6. candy says:

    I have a couple of antique tables that have granite on them. Nice to know how to really clean and seal them so they will last that much longer.

  7. Jeni says:

    Such great information about caring for granite. I got “schooled” about granite when I was standing on the counter top when my boyfriend told me that you can’t stand on granite counter tops.

  8. It’s really important that we clean it thoroughly first before anything else. This is a great guide for home owners! It’s nice to take good care of granite surfaces at home so that they’ll last for years.

  9. Dogvills says:

    I’ve never tried using a sealer. I usually just clean and polish. Thanks for this tip.

  10. We are saving to have our kitchen renovated and granite countertop would be my first choice. I’ll keep these tips in mind.

  11. Eloise says:

    I don’t have granite counter tops, but I know many people who do… I’ll be sure to pass this along to them : ) it’s important to clean things right so they last as long as possible!

  12. Now this! This is absolutely the bomb! It will help us mothers clean the tiles!

  13. I had no idea that you had to take special care of granite countertops. I have always had laminate counters but in my next house, I plan on using quartz or something similar that doesn’t require as much maintenance. I watch too much HGTV. 🙂

  14. Mary Edwards says:

    I’ve always just wiped them down with water or disinfectant. I had no idea about this or the product. I will try it out

  15. Jennifer G says:

    I had no idea about this! I usually just use water and soap and a scrub brush! It’s time to check this out.

  16. When you have kids, you need a lot of cleaning tips:)! Your advices are so precious for granite owners!

  17. I have heard that these products are very good at keeping granite looking good and clean.

  18. Lynndee says:

    Taking care of our countertops is very important to me. I haven’t tried this brand yet though. Sounds like a great one. Will check it out.

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