Proper Maintenance of Granite Countertops

Granite counters are one of the most beautiful and durable options available to the residential homeowner for use as a kitchen countertop. While not the least expensive option available, they do add a tremendous amount of value to a home. In addition, this natural stone material will probably outlast the rest of the house but only if it is properly cared for. Here is a quick rundown on the most important things you should know about maintaining and cleaning granite:

Regular maintenance

By and large, granite countertops have a thin but extremely effective sealant applied to them before they leave the factory. This coating helps keep liquids from penetrating and then staining the countertop. Still, the sealant is not completely impermeable so it important to clean up any spills as soon as possible. Keep a clean cloth and some dish soap handy, use them expeditiously and the occasional spill will have no effect on your counter. For more regular, deep down cleaning, it is preferable to purchase a specifically formulated granite cleaner at any of the big box hardware stores.

Some dos and don’ts about stone care

Caring for granite countertops is a relatively simple process. Wipe it down as needed with a soft cloth and an appropriate stone cleaner available at any home and garden or hardware store. There is no need to polish granite as the sealant has a life expectancy of looking good for a decade or more. One caveat – never use abrasive cleaners on stone surfaces even if you notice a stain. It is counterproductive as you will only damage the patina of the stone. In addition, the stain will eventually fade on its own as the liquid contained in the stone evaporates back out through the sealant. If you want a faster solution, however, determine whether the sealant on your countertop is water- or oil-based. You can contact the manufacturer for this info if necessary. If the sealant is water-based, a mixture of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide can be used for stain removal. If it is oil-based, make a paste of baking soda and water to aid in the process.

Heat and its effect on stone surfaces

If granite has one failing, it is its tendency to crack. A sharp blow from even a relatively light object can cause a slight crack that will grow over time. Still, this is not the main worry when it comes to cracking in granite countertops. Instead, the danger of thermal shock is far more worrisome. Granite countertops can withstand direct high heat from a hot pot or pan quite well over a short period of time. Nevertheless, it is best to remove the utensil as soon as possible and return it to the stove or oven. However, it is not a good idea to place a crockpot directly on the countertop for extended periods of time unless you add a layer of insulation between the two pot and the counter such as a cutting board or a trivet.


As mentioned before, the vast majority of granite countertops are sealed by the original manufacturer, These sealants are wonders of modern technology but they do wear out after a decade or so. For this reason, granite countertops will require sealing several times during the course of their useful life. Of course, you can hire a professional do the job but is really a quite simple process that the average home handyman can accomplish. You simply pour the sealant onto the counter, spread it around as directed in the instructions, remove the excess and let it dry for several hours.

For more information on the proper maintenance of granite countertops, please contact us at the Granite Depot of Lexington. We can be reached online at GraniteDepotLexington.com or reached directly at 859.900.0944.

Granite Depot of Knoxville is a fabricator and installer of granite and quartz countertops in Knoxville, TN

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Granite Countertops

Granite countertops are one of the most popular materials on the market. Known for their stunning beauty, low-maintenance, and impressive performance, granite countertops are truly one-of-a-kind. This natural stone has the remarkable ability to blend into the surrounding decor or serve as a showstopping centerpiece to your design. Whether you need granite countertops for your kitchen or granite bathroom countertops and vanities, this natural stone makes a perfect choice!

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Marble Countertops

Marble countertops are known for the elegance and timeless sophistication this natural stone can add to any room. This natural stone features a wide range of sophisticated hues and veining patterns to coordinate and complement any style or design. Marble countertops are a great choice for any space in your home, from countertops and flooring to fireplace surrounds and everything in between! From performance to durability and aesthetics, marble countertops are simply unrivaled.

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Quartz Countertops

Quartz countertops make the perfect choice for well-loved, highly-used spaces in and around your home. If you love the look of natural stone but want to skip the maintenance and upkeep, quartz countertops may be right for you! This engineered stone is one of the hardest materials on the market, so you won't have to worry about damages like chipping, or scratching. Best of all, quartz countertops are naturally hypoallergenic, which means your stone will never need to be sealed!





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What Our Clients Say

"A wide selection of granite to choose from, reasonable prices, staff was very helpful, friendly and efficient. We appreciated no one looking over our shoulder while trying to choose just the right granite for our kitchen. The installers did an excellent job, we couldn’t be happier. Looking forward to enjoying it for many years to come. They all went above & beyond to make our purchase a pleasant experience."

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Knoxville, TN

"Highly recommend this company. The purchase process was seamless. They were able to recommend popular options and made our decision easy. Turn around time was extremely fast. From the template to the installation, it was extremely efficient. The install guys were very friendly and helpful as well."

Jeff Shipwash
Knoxville, TN

"We are in the middle of a remodel still, but you all were so great to work with! Quickest turnaround time and so helpful in helping us choose the perfect slabs. We absolutely love our countertops that you installed. Our island is our favorite part of our house."

Holly Rowe
Knoxville, TN
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