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It may be as hard as “granite”, but it still requires some TLC to look its best. Cleaning, sealing and common sense can go a long way to keeping your granite looking great. Once one commits to caring for this value-added surface you are half way there.
Think of your granite counter like a car. You need to periodically change the oil, want to maintain your insurance in case of an accident, and keep it clean without damaging the finish.
In the case of your granite counters it’s a little easier as we just have to worry about
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Similarly to other manufacturers, MARBLELIFE recommends its cleaner as being safe and effective for use on glass, metals and wood surfaces. The difference is that our product has been formulated to work effectively here without creating other downstream issues. This cleaner will give you a squeaky clean surface.
It is rare that one damages granite, unless one plans on dancing on your counters, they are hard enough to handle just about anything short of banging a pot on the edge and chipping the edge. As such, anyone telling you it needs to be ground and polished is likely mistaken, unless you are one of the few that had indeed put a scratch into the surface.
Other common needs are associated with movement of the countertop resulting in a spit seam or mismatched slabs. These can be corrected but will require a professional restoration service to do so. This is rare but happens in a house that is settling or if the counter was not properly anchored during installation.
The last DON’T is do not place a hot pot directly on the surface. This used to be an “ok” thing to do, though never recommended. What changed? Most granite counters installed in the past 5 years have been resonated, meaning they have filled the pores within the stone with a resin which allowed the manufacturer to ship the product without suffering as much breakage en-route. This had the benefit of allowing more brittle stones to enter the market, and reducing the need for sealing (if you know your surface is resonated), but created a downside that the a hot pot can char the resin leaving a difficult to remove white ring under the pot. This is not just on the surface but goes down into the stone, making it difficult to remove without creating a low spot in the counter. Best to avoid placing a hot pot on the counter. While not impossible, removal creates other risks best avoided.
Like your car, the biggest needs you have are oil changes (sealing), cleaning (correct cleaner), and avoiding damaging driving practices (hot pots on the surface, or banking the edge with a hot while clearing the dishwasher).
In reality your granite is an easy to maintain, property value added addition, that provides one that least maintenance cost counter surface in your kitchen. Good choice. Low maintenance however does not mean no-maintenance. Get your sealer and cleaner selected and you are golden.