Good granite. Mine is two years old. I wiped some kind of sealer on there
twice in two years. It always looks nice.
What are you doing on them that needs so much cleaning? You know, they are
streaky in appearance, and don't really show things very much.
Unless you get down at just the right angle with the light and look for
things .............. Maybe you are scouring the surface trying so hard to
get them "clean".
Have you ever sealed them? Did the installers seal them? What are you
using? If you seal them to often they will dull. When water no longer beads
up on the counter it is time to seal them. I just wipe mine with a soapy
dish water and wipe dry.Once in a while we use Clean EnCounter made by Stone
care International SCI Black spray bottle with gold letters.
I heard on the local talk radio home repair program that granite counter
tops stain. They said raw egg and especially tomato sauce would screw up an
unsealed top, and you could not remove the stains. Is this true?
I asked that when mine were installed. they said red wine can stain light
colored granite if not wiped up. They said it could be chemically cleaned
but it's a pain. Ours have been in about year with my two kids and me no
stains and more than once red sauce has be on it. If you look at granite
some seem more pours so it might depend on the granite. The stuff is pretty
indestructible and you can't beat the look. I don't think I would put
vegetable oil on it to seal it, sealer is pretty cheap and having to seal it
every 6 months to a year is no big deal. Ours is still on the first sealing.
Granite is a natural material product and has a lot of variations in
the composition of the stone. They are comprised of various mixes of
minerals and some are more prone to staining than others. The best
solution is to have your installer seal the stone and then repeat the
sealing process as it is necessary.
The link below will give you a few basic tips.
go to Lowes or Home Depot and get some of the micro fiber rags. Spray
some windex on the surface or rag and clean anything. God I love those
rags. I use them all over for every cleaning/dusting problem.
My installer recommended vinegar based Windex mixed 50/50 with water
for cleaning the granite. Don't let it sit, though. Wipe it up
immediately. He said never to use an ammonia based cleaner such as
regular Windex. And be sure to seal it at least once a year.
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