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Three Essential Tips for Maintaining Your Countertops by Raudel's Tile and Granite

Updated: May 25

At Raudel's Tile and Granite, we understand the beauty and functionality that high-quality countertops bring to your home. Whether you have granite, marble, or tile countertops, proper maintenance is key to preserving their beauty and durability. Here are three essential tips to ensure your countertops stay in pristine condition for years to come.

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1. Regular Cleaning with the Right Products

Keeping your countertops clean is the first step in maintaining their beauty and longevity. For daily cleaning, use a soft cloth or sponge with warm water and gentle dish soap. Avoid harsh chemicals, acidic cleaners, and abrasive scrubbers that can damage the surface.

Granite Countertops:

  • Use a pH-balanced cleaner specifically designed for granite.

  • Avoid using vinegar, lemon, or other acidic substances.

Tile Countertops:

  • Use a mild detergent or a specially formulated tile cleaner.

  • For grout lines, a mixture of baking soda and water can help remove stains without harsh chemicals.

Marble Countertops:

  • Opt for a marble cleaner or a mild soap solution.

  • Marble is particularly sensitive to acids, so steer clear of acidic or abrasive cleaners.

2. Sealing for Enhanced Protection

Sealing your countertops is crucial in protecting them from stains and damage. Different materials require different approaches:

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Granite Countertops:

  • Seal granite countertops at least once a year.

  • Check if the sealant needs reapplying by performing a water test: drop a few drops of water on the surface; if it absorbs, it's time to reseal.

Tile Countertops:

  • Seal the grout lines regularly to prevent staining and moisture penetration.

  • Tile surfaces generally don’t need sealing, but the grout does.

Marble Countertops:

  • Seal marble countertops every six months to a year.

  • Be diligent about wiping up spills immediately to prevent staining.

3. Preventing Damage from Daily Use

Daily habits can significantly impact the condition of your countertops. Implement these preventive measures to maintain their pristine look:

Avoid Direct Heat:

  • Never place hot pots or pans directly on your countertops. Use trivets or hot pads to prevent heat damage.

Use Cutting Boards:

  • Always use cutting boards for chopping and slicing to avoid scratches and dulling your countertops.

Wipe Spills Immediately:

  • Promptly clean up spills, especially acidic substances like wine, coffee, and citrus juices, to prevent staining and etching.

Avoid Heavy Impact:

  • Be cautious with heavy items, as dropping them can cause chips or cracks.

By following these simple yet effective tips, you can keep your countertops looking as beautiful as the day they were installed. At Raudel's Tile and Granite, we are committed to helping you maintain the elegance and functionality of your countertops. For more expert advice or to explore our selection of premium countertops, visit our showroom or contact us today!

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