When you decide to remodel your kitchen, one of the things that you are likely to want to do is change your countertop. It's pretty easy for your remodeling contractor to do, but it can really change the look of your kitchen. You may decide that you want to go with granite. If you are going to get granite countertops, you want to ensure that you are taking care of them as you should. Granite countertops can be really expensive, so you want to take good care of them so that they last a long time. So, what do you need to do to keep them looking nice?
One of the things you need to do is ensure you have your countertops sealed. Granite has natural pores, meaning it can absorb stains and odors. A sealant can help keep that from happening, keeping the counter in good shape for a longer time. The sealant will need to be periodically reapplied. Talk to your kitchen remodeling contractor before using any sealant to determine if your new countertops have already been sealed. You should also ask them when you will need to have them come to reapply the sealant.
Your counter is going to need to be wiped off periodically. When that happens, you want to make sure you are using a soft cloth or a sponge to do that. Something harder may cause some surface scoring, or it might grab onto debris, which can cause the same problem. You can use plain water or dish soap to wipe down your counter, but be aware that if you use dish soap for a long time, a slight buildup can accumulate. You can avoid that by using a cleaner developed specifically for use on granite countertops now and again. That will make your countertops nice and clean and cut the accumulation of any dish soap that may have built up on your countertops.
Before you make a final decision about whether or not you are going to get granite countertops, make sure that you spend some time talking to your remodeling contractor. They should be able to answer any of your questions about these countertops and what you need to do to take care of them so that they will last for a while. Your contractor will have plenty of experience working with all the different kinds of counter materials so that they can give you the best advice.
For more information about kitchen remodeling, contact a local contractor.