Kitchen granite countertops in Alpharetta are popular. They're beautiful, durable, and heat-resistant. Hot pots and pans can be placed directly on the countertop surface without damage, and spills wipe away easily. The same is true of kitchen marble countertops in Alpharetta. Both are easy to clean if you follow these simple tips.

Use a Sealant

Understanding the wisdom of the old saying, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" will make your life easier if you choose granite or marble countertops for your kitchen. Using a proper sealant can prevent stains.

Always Test a Spot

Before using a sealant or any treatment or cleaning product, be sure to test it on a small, inconspicuous area. If there is no discoloration or etching after an appropriate waiting period, you can treat the entire area.

Keep It Simple

Just fill a spray bottle with warm water and a tablespoon of gentle, non-abrasive dish soap that doesn't contain bleach, lemon, or other acid, spray the counter, wipe it with a wet cloth and dry it with a soft towel. (Note that marble is susceptible to etching, so never use cleaners with acidic components like vinegar or lemon juice).

Clean Spills Right Away

Avoid stains by cleaning up any spills, including water, immediately. The seconds it takes to wipe up a spill is more than compensated for in the time and effort you save if you have to clean a stain.

Use a Cutting Board

When chopping food for cooking, be sure to use a cutting board or plate. This is particularly important if an item is acidic, such as lemons, limes, or tomatoes. Likewise, you'll want to use a coaster when setting drinks with these ingredients on the counter.

Following these tips will keep your counters looking beautiful for years to come. When you shop for kitchen countertops in Alpharetta, know that marble and granite are durable, easy-wearing natural stones and both are easy to clean.