Granite Care and Maintenance
Granite is a gorgeous, strong, and a durable stone that is used mainly on countertops. Because It is 80% Quartz it requires little maintenance generally we recommend the use of acetone remove any grease or difficult substance, Marble counters on the other had requires a great deal of maintenance due to the calcium nature it will etch with anything acidic like lemons vinegar and so on. Although it hardly etches, granite can become dull and stained.
This is due to its igneous and dense nature.
Therefore, it requires proper cleaning, polishing, and an impregnator sealer
to help protect from further damage. Among the services JK marble maintenance provides is granite cleaning sealing, polishing and crack repair.
GRANITE POLISHING AND BUFFING
Polishing is another delicate process that is done using a grinder with diamond pads in different grits.
Granite polish cream or powder is used.
Polishing can be done both wet and dry.
The main reason why granite is polished is to restore its original shine and finish.
A polished granite surface becomes less susceptible to liquid spills.
Buffing is also done to remove any hidden residues and make the surface glossy.
Foreign substances such as water, chlorides, and acids can sip into the stone causing unsightly damages. Blotting the affected areas can help to prevent water and other substances from staining the stone.
Sealing is the most critical step that helps to improve the durability of granite.
It should be done during the initial installation but a good sealer is recommended.
The sealer acts as a barrier that keeps the moisture out of the porous granite surface.
You can check whether your granite countertop is sealed by tossing a few water drops on the granite surface.
In case the water drops don’t bead up, then it means the surface isn’t sealed.
When sealing granite, it should be first cleaned using quality cleaner or acetone.
This removes all residues and debris from the surface.
The sealer is then poured to cover the entire granite.
Sealed granite will repel oil, moisture, and any other foreign materials thus eliminating chances of staining.
Cleaning is done cautiously.
The use of soaps and detergents to clean granite surfaces isn’t recommended as they can cause more harm.
Soap scum can pile up and make it lose luster and worsen.
Similarly, abrasive and powerful solutions such as acids, sodas, peroxides, alcohol, and vinegar can cause severe scratches and damages.
Cleaning is done by using only the recommended mild cleaners.
The solution is applied using a soft sponge with warm water. It is then wiped gently.
This not only restores its shine but also disinfects the surface.
Regular cleaning and maintenance are recommended
if you want your granite countertops and floors to retain that gloss for decades.
It is even ideal for high-traffic commercial properties.
Maintenance should be done annually.
Scheduling for regular cleaning and maintenance also eliminates the need
to replace or reinstall the entire granite surface.
While granite is strong, durable, and elegant, it can lose its beauty and resilience if not cared for.
It can crack, chip, and stain.
However, with proper granite care, you can enjoy a shiny and highly functional countertop surface for decades.
Contact us today for professional granite cleaning and maintenance.
GRANITE CRACK REPAIR:
We repair cracks in granite with epoxy fill/ with a mix of colors to match the colors of the granite.
We also fill Ceasar stone, quartz, marble, travertine, and limestone.
Placing hot pans on granite can cause the granite to weaken in time which can cause cracks,
also if the counter is cold and heat is placed on it this may also cause cracking.
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We provide granite polishing in the following areas:
Los Angele, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, Bel Air, Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Encino, Calabasas, Hidden Hills, West Lake Village