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Home Tips: How to Maintain Your Granite and Quartz Countertops

November 16, 2021

Granite and quartz countertops are extremely popular, and it’s easy to see why. Both materials are extremely durable, can handle a bit of heat, and help elevate any kitchen with stunning finishes. 

However durable both options may be, both are still prone to staining, scratches, and other damage. To ensure the longevity of your granite or quartz countertops, it’s important to know how to properly maintain them. We’ve compiled a few tips to ensure your granite and quartz countertops last.

How to Maintain Granite:
Since granite is a 100% natural countertop material it’s a bit more porous, meaning stains can become an issue. You’ll also want to treat granite gently so as to not ruin the sealant and natural stone.

  • When cleaning granite everyday, avoid using more acidic cleaners, such as bleach and vinegar, and avoid anything that’s too abrasive. A gentle soap with warm water on a soft cloth is best to keep granite from dulling and scratching.
  • Clean up any spills as soon as possible to avoid the chance of liquids seeping into the porous material and leaving a stain.
  • Granite counters usually come sealed, however, the sealant can wear down with regular wear and tear. It’s recommended to reseal granite every two to four years or when spills become difficult to clean.
  • Always dry granite after cleaning it with a soft cloth. Allowing extra water and cleaner on granite can dull the natural material.
  • Try out specialized granite countertop cleaners. Though regular soap and water will do just fine, specialized cleaners can help increase the longevity of your counters and add extra shine.
  • For tough stains, try baking soda paste. Mix baking soda with water to get rid of an oil-based stain and mix baking soda with hydrogen peroxide for a water-based stain. Gently scrub the paste on the stain with a soft cloth.
  • Though granite can handle heat, do not place any hot objects directly on your granite counters. This can lead to discoloration and permanent damage to your counters.
  • Do not use any sharp tools or knives directly on granite counters; always make sure to use a cutting board.

How to Maintain Quartz:
Since quartz is engineered--about 90% is made of natural material with the rest made of resin--it’s not porous and more durable against heat and stains, which makes it relatively easy to care for.

  • Clean quartz with mild soap and warm water and a soft cloth. Do not use abrasive cleaners or sponges, which can discolor or damage quartz. You can opt for a specialized quartz cleaner, though it’s not necessary.
  • After cleaning, immediately rinse quartz from all cleaners and dry with a soft cloth.
  • To get rid of tougher stains try Goo Gone (if it’s sticky), isopropyl rubbing alcohol, and, in some cases, a quartz-safe glass cleaner can do the trick.
  • Like granite, you should clean up any spills immediately to prevent any stainage. Take caution with any citrus-based liquids around quartz counters, as these can easily stain and damage.
  • Do not place extremely hot objects directly on quartz counters.
  • Though quartz is scratch resistant, it is not completely scratch-less; do not use any sharp tools directly on quartz.

Proper maintenance of your granite and quartz counters will ensure that your counters remain durable and perfectly shiny. 

Looking to build your dream home with granite or quartz countertops? All homes built by Inspired Homes come standard with a variety of granite counter options, which can be upgraded to quartz. Learn more about what comes standard when you build with Inspired Homes.

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