As home design modernizes and stainless appliances and granite counter tops gain popularity, it’s important to understand how to properly care for these kitchen upgrades as they take a little more tender loving care then your standard kitchen appliances and counters.

Cleaning Stainless Steel Surfaces

Stainless steel can begin to look unsightly with streaks and finger prints if not cleaned.  Bringing them back to life, however, is a little trickier than you may think. These simple steps will keep these shiny, silver appliances looking new:

1)    You will need the following supplies on hand:
•    Liquid dish detergent
•    Several microfiber cloths
•    Mineral oil or baby oil

2)     Just like a piece of lumber, stainless steel has a grain in it. Find the grain and with cleaning solution applied to a microfiber cloth begin rubbing the surface of the stainless steel in the direction of the grain allowing for the cleaning solution to soak into the grain and remove dirty deposits.

3)    Once you have thoroughly cleaned the surfaces of your stainless steel the next step is to apply a thin coat of oil. Mineral oil or baby oil works fine. Don’t be tempted to buy expensive, commercial cans of stainless steel cleaners. Again, find the grain of the surface and using a microfiber cloth, begin rubbing in the oil along the grain. Once completed you should have a clean factory finish.

Caring for Granite Surfaces

While granite is one of the densest and hardest of stone surfaces, great care still needs to be taken to ensure that it lasts for years to come. Because granite is a stone, it is still somewhat porous and not impervious to staining and absorption. Keep this in mind before you start the cleaning process. First, test the surface with a drop of water. If liquid does not bead up, your granite may need to be sealed to keep it from absorbing liquid cleaners. This should be done once per year. Here are some tips on protecting your granite surface:

•    Don’t use acidic, citrus-based cleaners, vinegar, or ammonia
•    Avoid scouring compounds as they will scratch the surface
•    Use trivets when sitting hot pots and pans down to avoid surface discoloration
•    Use a mixture of baking soda and a small amount of water to try and lift mild stains

To avoid having to do an extensive cleaning on your granite services, the best way to keep your counters clean regularly is to wipe them down with mild dish detergent and water using a soft microfiber cloth. And, whenever you have a spill, clean it up quickly. Trying to use a variety of cleaning products overtime may cause more harm than good.

One of the many exciting steps in your home building process with Beazer Homes is your appointment with the design team. This is where you will have the opportunity to select the type of appliances, counter surfaces, fixtures, and more that will be incorporated into your brand new home. For more information on Beazer’s five simple steps that will lead you to your dream home please visit our website.

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