We live in a world where there is a wealth of choices for kitchen countertops, from the ever-popular natural granite to synthetically-created materials. Today’s homeowners have so many countertop options that they will have a hard time picking the right one for their needs. Even if you have narrowed down your choices to, say, granite vs Corian, DuPont’s flagship solid surface countertop material, you still have to weigh a lot of factors before deciding which one to get.
Keeping your kitchen work surfaces looking new like these is pretty easy with a little "know how". You took your time in choosing the perfect granite for your kitchen, and you’ve promised yourself that you’ll be so very careful in taking care of it, but life happens. Kitchens get messy, drinks get spilled, things get dropped. Your kitchen work surface won’t stay perfect forever, but fortunately, there are plenty of things you can do to restore damage.
Cleaning only makes me smile this wide when I'm done. Granite countertops are beautiful, sturdy, and they’ll last you decades if you take care of them properly. However, because natural stone is porous, you’ll need to seal them if you want to keep them stain free and looking like they were installed just yesterday. Spills can penetrate the surface and cause a permanent stain very quickly, so it’s important to choose a good sealant that creates a barrier to lock out moisture.
Don’t miss our take on specialty granite cleaners and polishes a bit further down the page. Let’s keep this as simple as possible for you because I’ve seen way too many guides that over complicate the simple process of cleaning granite countertops. What you’ll need: dish soap (any brand will do) paper towels hot water isopropyl alcohol spray bottle How To Clean Them Wet your paper towel with hot water Add 3 drops of dish soap Get a decent lather going and wipe them down Dry them with a dry paper towel Now that they are clean you might want to disinfect them because soap won’t kill the bacteria and virus that may be lurking on the surface of your counters.
An enamel basin like the one above is just one option you probably haven't considered. You’ve spent weeks agonizing over the perfect granite, you’re ready to have it fabricated to fit your cabinets and installed in your kitchen, but there’s still one tiny detail–what type of sink are you going to choose? Choosing one can seem like a pretty big task, but it’s really not that difficult. Here’s a list of options including a few I bet you have never even heard of.