Granite countertops are an expensive investment in a home, and you need to know how to properly care for them. Many people assume because granite is a strong and robust material, it can sustain all sorts of impact. However, when it comes to cleaning granite, you have to be more careful.
The stone is easily damaged by some of the different chemical products available on the market. Granite can also absorb any liquid you leave on it. Here are some things you should know when you need to clean your granite countertops.
Are There Any Cleaning Products to Avoid?
Any natural acid, such as lemon, lime, orange juice, and vinegar, should never be used to clean granite. You should also avoid using bleach, ammonia, or glass cleaner. All of these liquids can dull the glossiness of the granite.
You also need to avoid using steel wool or sponges with the scrub side down. Over time, the hard scouring of these products will etch the gloss finish and ultimately weaken the counter's sealant.
How Do You Remove Stains?
You can clean a stain off granite with some common household products. If you have a water stain, use a combination of equal parts of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. If the stain is oil-based, use baking soda and water. Use enough of each product to make a thick paste.
Spread the paste on the stain. Cover the mixture with a sheet of plastic wrap. Tape the wrap on the stain and allow the mixture to sit overnight or up to a few days. Next, remove the plastic wrap and wipe away the mixture. Rinse the spot carefully and wipe the counter with a soft cloth.
What Is an Everyday Cleaning Method?
You can maintain your countertops with little effort. You only need a mild dish detergent diluted with some water and a soft sponge without the scrubbing side.
Fill your sink or a bucket with some warm water and a few drops of dish soap. Soak the sponge and wring out the excess water. Gently wipe the counters with the soapy water using a circular motion.
If you have any sticky or dried spots, use some more soap and a little elbow grease. If the spot is particularly stubborn, soak a microfiber cloth in the soapy water and lay it on the area for a few minutes to help loosen the debris. Do not allow the wet cloth to sit for too long, however, or the counter will incur a water stain due to the stone's high absorbency.
Once you have cleaned the counters, dry them thoroughly with a soft cloth. This not only prevents water stains, but also helps decrease the onset of streaks and increase the shine of the finish.
Does Cleaning Also Disinfect the Granite?
Although soap and water do a great job at cleaning granite, this method does not necessarily disinfect the countertops. To remove the bacteria, use equal parts water and isopropyl alcohol with a couple drops of dish soap. Add everything to a spray bottle and shake it well.
Spray the solution onto the granite. Allow it to sit for a few minutes, then wipe away the excess with a soft cloth. You can do this cleaning method after cooking or on a regular basis to keep germs from settling in your kitchen.
If you have any questions about cleaning your granite or if you are interested in adding granite to your kitchen or other areas of your home, contact us at Best Marble & Granite Company. We are happy to help you choose your granite and provide you with maintenance tips.