Q. How do I care for my granite countertop?

For everyday use, wipe your countertop with a damp cloth and dry well to avoid any streaking or water marks.

Use a microfiber cloth to dust off countertop surfaces. Once a week wipe down with a damp cloth and a stone cleaner formulated with a neutral pH. All natural stone should be sealed with a penetrating sealer to prevent staining. Do not use any cleaners containing ammonia or acids as these can break down the sealer or mar the surface of softer stones such as marbles and limestone. Do not use scouring pads or abrasive cleaners as these may scratch surfaces as well.

To check if you need to seal your granite, put a small amount of water on the countertop in a space that it will not be disturbed. Let it sit for 15 minutes. If the water is absorbed, you need to re-seal your granite countertops.