By Samantha Grose, Designer, JP&CO: A residential construction firm delivering a personalized home, an enjoyable process, and a remarkable pace.
(image: JP&CO’s own granite work)
At JP&CO we use a lot of granite in our interior design (especially in the kitchen) because the material touts a never-ending list of benefits.
The stone is:
- Each piece is unique
- Easy to clean
- Doesn’t scratch easily
- Can handle hot items
- Does not harbor bacteria
If you’re one of the many homeowners who has invested in this classic material, it’s important that you know how to maintain your countertops. Learning a few simple Dos and Don’ts of granite care will ensure that your counters keep shining and looking fresh long after they’ve been installed.
- Wipe spills and spots as soon as possible—never let water or other materials stagnate on the surface
- Wipe granite with a gentle cloth and pH-neutral stone cleaner
- Protect counters from acidic foods such as lemons, vinegar, and tomatoes
- Make sure to use the appropriate stain-fighting mixture for the type of stain you’re removing. Click here for a Granite Stain Removal Guide and do-it-yourself options
- Apply granite sealer once every 6 months. This is SUPER EASY. Just apply, leave for 10 minutes, and wipe off. (We recommend Revitalizer)
- Use soap
- Use cleaners that contain citrus
- Use steel wool
- Set oils on stone without a coaster or tray (this can result in rings)
Are you interested in transforming your interior into something different and better? Contact JP&CO today to learn how we can help you to reinvent your home’s interior.
Samantha Grose is both Associate AIA and Allied ASID. She is the lead designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO. She takes a unique approach to design creating spaces that are casually sophisticated and timeless in design, where you and your family can live comfortably. She has worked extensively throughout the TWIN CITIES area having completed many new homes and large scale whole house remodels.
Samantha received her BS from the University of Minnesota majoring in both ARCHITECTURE and ART. She is deeply committed to a creative approach giving you highly functional spaces with an aesthetic appeal for everyday living.