Common Problems with Granite Countertops and How To Avoid/Fix Them

Granite is a durable material under most circumstances and will last for many years. Granite countertops can’t be matched for their unparalleled beauty; few other countertop materials can compete with the look of granite. Granite countertops are made from a natural product with a timeless look and classic appeal. In this post, we outline a few of the most common problems with granite countertops and what you can do to ensure your countertops will look great in the years to come.

Harsh Cleaning Chemicals Can Erode Sealer and Leave the Surface Susceptible to Stains

For daily cleaning, keep it simple. Soap and warm water are all you need to clean your granite countertops. If you do decide to buy or use a commercial cleaner, read the ingredients listed and pay attention to the warnings and cautions on the label. Look for cleaners designed specifically for granite countertops, free of ammonia and bleach. These specially designed cleaners might cost a little more than general cleaners but they go a long way to helping preserve your granite countertops. This is especially important for lighter color granite tops. If not properly sealed, the stone is vulnerable to stains which can be impossible to remove.

Etching from Acidic Liquids Can Dull Your Granite Countertops

Acidic solutions from daily life, like orange juice, lemon juice, wine, coffee, alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, etc., when left on your granite countertops for an extended period of time can dull or even etche your countertops. Be sure to clean up spills immediately. If you do not have a 15-year sealer applied, annually resealing your granite countertops will go a long way to ensure the lasting beauty of your countertop investment.

Chips, Pits, and Fissures

As you know by now, granite is 100% natural stone pulled from the Earth. Granite does not have the completely smooth texture like that of glass, it may have slight pitting and roughness. Luckily, major chips and pits (which can normally occur during transportation and installation) can easily be fixed.

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About Marble Granite World

Marble Granite World is a family owned and operated business serving the Triad area since 1999. With over 40 years experience in the industry -- internationally and in the United States; we custom fabricate every granite, marble and quartz countertop at our factory in Kernersville.

We believe in top quality products and complete customer satisfaction are what set us apart.

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