Yes! While stone is a hard, durable surface, it’s from the Earth and very susceptible to various elements and wear and tear. If you want to keep your granite countertops looking like the day they were first installed 10-15 years from now then you might want to learn how to maintain your granite countertops.
Clean your stone countertops often. Even if your surface appears clean, the safest bet is to clean your countertops daily and after every meal preparation. The most miniscule particle could have a detrimental effect on your natural stone. Avoid common cleaners and abrasives, they will break down the protective seal, and you could be faced with costly repair or replacement.
Seal your stone countertops frequently. Truth is, you can’t over-seal natural stone surfaces. Frequently sealing granite countertops and all other natural stone surfaces maintains maximum surface protection, penetrating stone surfaces to provide superior, long-lasting resistance to staining, etching and soil build-up. Regularly check the integrity of the seal with an at-home water test; Pour water (about 3 inches in diameter) on the surface of your granite or other stone countertops in several locations and let it sit for 30 minutes. If you see a dark mark or ring, the water is penetrating the stone and it’s time to reseal your countertops.
Polish your stone countertops regularly. Polishing stone provides two great benefits. First, polishing after cleaning will bring out stone’s natural beauty. Secondly, it will reinforce the protective seal and provide ongoing protection against water spots and fingerprints.