Tis’ the season! The holidays are here. Whether you celebrate with breakfast, brunch or dinner, there’s a lot of time being spent in the kitchen and food being prepared, and it’s all going to land on the kitchen countertop at some point.
Thankfully, if you’re reading this, you probably already did yourself a favor by choosing granite countertops. Granite countertops are extremely durable and will last for years to come with the proper care. But, we understand. You want to go that extra mile so that you can confident that the holidays don’t destroy your beloved granite countertops from Onslow Stoneworks. So, we have gathered a few tips for you!
Clean Your Granite Countertops Immediately
Don’t wait to clean up your granite countertops till the very end, clean up any messes as they happen. Hot foods, acidic ingredients and drinks will leave dull spots on the stone if not taken care of immediately. Keep in mind, the most dangerous messes are ones having to do with acids: tomato, wine, lemon, etc. They’ll not only leave dull spots, also know as etching, but leave difficult stains. And, though it goes without saying, give your counters a thorough cleaning with soft dish soap after the cooking baking is over.
Invest In Protective Tools For Your Granite Countertops
Not fan of the potholders you have hidden away in your kitchen drawers? Here are few other options to choose from!
Trivets are essential for anyone who love hosting. Trivets come in cute, stylish designs and they keep your granite counter from being damaged. Win-win! Trivets come in a variety of designs including marble, cast iron, aluminum, and more. Some have little plastic feet so you don’t have to worry about scratching your granite countertop. Some are round, some square. Trendy, traditional, bright-colored, or neutral. The options are endless, so you are sure to find one that fits your style and looks great in the kitchen!
Silicone mats are really handy for setting pots on, but what if it’s Christmas, foods are getting done at different times, and you need a spot to set two or three pots or dishes? Silicone mats come in larger sizes! And they’re multi-functional if you need a place to dry pots that don’t fit in the dishwasher or sink. If you’re not a fan of silicone, there are other options like fabric.
Baking racks will not only hold your famous holiday cookies, but they’ll also hold cakes and other baked goods. Every chef and baker needs a few baking racks for cooling their one-of-a-kind dishes.
Coasters are a great investment to protect your granite countertops. Buy a set of coasters and place a few on each area of the counter where guests will be standing and most likely put down their drinks. Guest are more likely to put their glass on a coaster if it’s sitting there in front of them instead of directly on the countertop. Most guest will not remember to come asking for one.
Seal Your Granite Countertops
Because granite is a natural stone, it needs to resealed. The number one way you can protect your granite countertops is getting your counters resealed regularly. If you haven’t gotten your granite countertops sealed within the last few years, then you may want to make this your number one priority! A newly sealed countertop will resist spills, stains, and heat, which takes stress off your shoulders worrying about any damage being caused. Plus, resealing is simply a good habit to get into. If you have further questions on resealing your granite countertops, contact your granite fabricator directly.
If you are looking for a kitchen countertop that does not require you to reseal it, check out our quartz selection. Quartz is an engineered surface that mimics the look of natural stone, such as marble.
Enjoy Your Holiday!
Now you can rest easy knowing how to care for your granite countertops during the holiday season. Hosting is hard work, but by implementing these tips above you don’t have to worry about damaging your granite countertops. It’s time to relax, eat good food, and spend quality time with your friends and family. Whether you plan to seal your granite counters, invest in a few new kitchen items, or clean up the messes as they happen, you’re well on your way to keeping your granite countertops in tip-top shape during the holidays.