Granite's natural beauty, durability, and infinite variety of patterns and colors make it one of the most desired and practical countertop materials. Granite, along with several other natural stones is one of the easiest countertop materials to maintain and, with proper care, will stay new looking for years.
When it comes to finishing your kitchen countertop with granite you have several options to consider. The main options consist of a large, solid slab. Solid slabs require professional installation, and the labor and materials cost can become extremely expensive. Granite tile is by far the most economical route to take. Most granite tile countertops are made up of small 12 “x 12” tiles and a front edge cut and polished by hand. This method, although inexpensive, is very time consuming and the resulting edges are never perfectly smooth.
Some of the tile manufacturers have created pre-fab large granite tiles in several sizes and configurations, making your kitchen install a fast and painless process with edges that will impress even the toughest mother-in-law. Your counters will have a luxurious look and feel that only a slab granite top can give you, but for the price of tile! Installing these granite tiles in your kitchen is guaranteed to make your neighbors jealous … and you can tell them you did it yourself!
Most of these tile components are made from only premium A-grade granite, color-matched for a seamless flow and available in several colors. These tile manufacturers use granite from large lots to ensure shade flow and consistency are the same for your own kitchen project. Each order goes through rigorous quality control standards to minimizeize shade variations and is then securely shipped in custom-designed packaging materials.
Other than gentle cleaning, all you need to do is reseal with a penetrating stone sealer at least every year or two to prevent staining. This type of sealing is standard for granite or any other natural stone such as marble, travertine, and slate. Granite is porous and must be sealed with a penetrating stone sealer after installation. This will protect the granite from staining or scratching and will also maintain the beautiful shine.
Seal with a penetrating stone sealer, such as Stone Care International Stone and Grout Sealer. To clean your granite countertops, use a cleaner recommended for that will gently and safely clean while sealing and protecting the granite. Always use a neutral cleaner with a pH between 7 and 10.