Care of Kitchen Granite Tops & Stainless Steel

Granite is a volcanic rock that is porous in nature.  Your  gorgeous granite top will require seasonal checkups to ensure that it’s sealant is still working and it is not absorbing any of the wide array of materials that may spill on its surface.

Due to its porous nature, granite is susceptible to soak in stains and make it difficult to remove. In such cases, other than slaving away, the best method is to check for cleaning services that specialize in removing stains from granite.

Basic Cleaning

Granite is easy to clean, though, care should be taken to eliminate all dust and citrus based liquids as soon as possible since they have a tendency to dull the luster of the stone. When cleaning granite, use a micro fiber cloth with some water based stone cleaning solution. Avoid using harsh or corrosive substances for cleaning purposes.

If oil has been spilt or there are oily stains, creating a poultice for that particular spot is a good remedy. Mix a cup of  baking soda with water and 5 tablespoons of dish soap, and place the resulting yogurt like solution overnight on the stain before it is washed away.  Never use harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners. They can scratch, pit, and etch the surface of the stone.

Although granite is a rather popular product due to the fact that no two pieces are the same, its upkeep and maintenance in the long run can be irksome to most home owners.

Granite requires regular maintenance. Besides just cleaning, you’ll need to make sure the granite is sealed periodically. Stains can be difficult to remove, but not impossible. Countertops may also be susceptible to cracking.

Maintenance

Sealing is a regular maintenance task for granite. Re-seal the countertop when water splashed on the surface no longer beads up. It’s important to examine your granite at least once a year. Inspect areas to make sure there is no cracking or shifting at the seams. Inspect for stains and scratches as well. If there are stains or damage, contact a stone-care professional for repair.

Stainless Steel Care

Anyone with an appliance with a stainless steel finish, such as a dishwasher, refrigerator or oven, likes to see a streak-free surface. Clean it properly, and you will have a beautiful result.

One easy way to clean the exterior of a stainless steel appliance is to be armed with two soft, clean lint free cloths. A portion of the first cloth should be soaked with very hot water. Wipe a section of the surface with the hot, wet cloth and immediately dry the same spot with the dry cloth. Wipe in the direction of any polish lines and you should have a streak-free result. If there are significant stains, try adding a small amount of a mild soap to the water. Rinse the surface thoroughly with warm water and immediately dry it with a clean cloth.

Use a non-abrasive stainless steel cleaner on the appliance. Apply the cleaner with a soft 100% lint free cloth. Carbon stainless steel can be cleaned with mild soap and water. To bring out the natural luster of all three finishes, lightly wipe the surface with a water dampened microfiber cloth, followed by a dry polishing chamois. All work should follow the direction of the grain, and better results are obtained by keeping the cloth in continuous contact with the metal.

To clean interior surfaces and removable parts of a refrigerator, wash with a mild solution of soap and lukewarm water as well as a small amount of baking soda. Do not use vinegar. Be sure to rinse and dry thoroughly. Avoid getting water on the lights and display panel and do not submerge or pour hot water over cold glass shelves.

Scratches can be removed from stainless steel appliances by gently buffing out the marks. Home Depot or Lowes sells do-it-yourself kits that come with everything you need, including buffing pads. Just remember to buff in the direction of the grain.

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