High and Dry After Flood Damage

Repairing the damage done to your home after a flood can look like an overwhelming job. In most cases, it’s best to seek out the services of a professional flood damage restoration team. But when my home flooded a few years ago, I found out that there were some things that I could do myself. Books, clothes, and even furniture can recover from water damage under the right circumstances. Knowing how to prevent mold, and remove it when you find it, can also come in handy after a flood. I know that it can be a devastating event for a family. That’s why I started this blog – to share my experience with flood damage and share the things that I learned that helped me put my home back together. With both professional help, and amateur ideas, hopefully you can learn something useful from my experience.

Granite Countertops: Caring For Your Counters & Tips To Remove Stains

Construction & Contractors Blog

Having, or installing, granite countertops means that your kitchen countertops will be classy and beautiful. But having granite counter tops does mean that you need to know a thing or two about how to care for your granite countertops. And you should also know how to remove stains, which is something you will learn about in this guide.

Tips To Care For Your Countertops

First, you can learn about a few things you should not do to your countertops:

Harsh Cleaning

Do not clean your countertops with anything harsh such as natural acidic cleaners like vinegar, lemon or lime, ammonia or bleach, or rough sponges or scrappers.

The next thing you should know is what is okay for your countertops like the following:

Good Cleaning

  • Use a microfiber cloth to wipe your countertops
  • Rinse with warm water or gentle soap
  • Try using granite-specific cleaners that you can purchase online or at your local hardware store

Sealed Correctly

You also need to make sure your granite is sealed, and to do that, try the following test:

  1. Drop a little water over your dry counter tops.
  2. Wait a few moments to see if the water is absorbed by the granite or sits on top. 
  3. Your countertops are sealed well if the water does not get absorbed, but you have to talk  granite specialist should your granite absorb the water. Unsealed granite countertops will be weaker and more susceptible to stains, so your priority should be to seal your granite countertops.

Getting Rid Of Stains

You should also be prepared for stains, even you care for your countertops as much as possible because accidents may happen. You will need the following to make your safe stain-cleaning solution:

  • 1/4 cup of talc powder
  • 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide

Follow the steps below to remove surface stains on your counter:

  1. Mix the two ingredients until the blend feels like a paste.
  2. Place the paste right over the stains you wish to remove.
  3. Cover each stain with plastic wrap, and weigh each piece down. 
  4. Let the wrap sit over each piece for 24 hours or until the paste dries.
  5. Use a plastic scrapper to try and lift the residue from your stain-cleaning solution.
  6. Finish up by wiping away the stain with a cloth and some warm water.

Now you know a thing or two about taking care of granite countertops and how to deal with stains should you ever have to.  For assistance, talk to a professional like A. Padilla Marble, Inc.

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29 October 2015