How to Clean Granite Countertops
Granite is a popular material for countertops because of its strength and aesthetic appeal. It's a low-maintenance material that makes your kitchen beautiful. However, these surfaces require constant care and maintenance to keep their luster. In this blog post, you will find the best way to clean granite countertops and keep them looking brand-new.
Gather your supplies
Remove loose debris and spills
Use a soft cloth or sponge to wipe the countertops' surface gently. Be sure to pay special attention to corners and crevices, as these areas may accumulate crumbs or other debris.
Clean and polish the countertopsNow that loose debris has been removed let's start cleaning.
- Shake the granite cleaner well and spray directly onto the surface. If it's a large surface area, work in smaller sections.
- Using a clean microfiber cloth, gently buff the formula. You may need some elbow grease if there are stubborn stains.
- Continue to buff the area until it's completely dry.
- Examine the surface and ensure there are no areas that need a second application.
If you see streaks on the surface, it is most likely residue left over from the cleaning product. In this case, respray your granite countertop and wipe, ensuring the cloth is completely dry.
Perform a deep cleaningIf your countertops are particularly dirty, you may need to do a "deep cleaning".
- Begin by thoroughly dusting or wiping down the surface of the countertops to remove any loose debris.
- Mix a small amount of mild dish soap with warm water to create a cleaning solution. A good starting ratio is one tablespoon of dish soap per 16 oz. of warm water.
- Dip a soft brush or sponge into the cleaning solution and gently scrub the surface of the countertops.
- Once you have scrubbed the entire surface of the countertops, be sure to rinse the brush or sponge thoroughly to remove any dirt or grime that may be clinging to it.
- Finally, use a cloth to thoroughly dry the countertops, as granite is prone to water spots.
- Apply a specialty granite cleaner & polish to give a protective coating on top of the surface.
Protect the countertops
Granite is a porous natural stone, which means it can absorb liquids and stains if it is not properly sealed. Using a sealant, you can create a barrier that helps to prevent stains and spills from penetrating the surface. Sealing granite countertops is an optional step that can protect the stone's surface and keep it looking new.
Granite sealers come in water-based or solvent-based options and may be applied by homeowners or professionals.
It is important to note that many granite sealers contain highly toxic chemicals, so it is essential to follow the manufacturer's instructions for use and take all necessary safety precautions. If you are not comfortable using a toxic sealer or are unsure which product to use, it may be best to hire a professional to apply the sealer for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
What substances will stain granite countertops?Several substances should not be used, as they can cause discoloration or damage granite kitchen countertops. Here is a list of some common substances that you should avoid:
- Vinegar: Vinegar is an acidic substance that can etch the surface of the granite, causing discoloration or damage.
- Citrus fruits (oranges, lemons, etc.): Citrus fruits are acidic and can etch the granite surface if left on the surface for an extended period of time.
- Bleach: Bleach is a potent cleaning agent that can strip the color from the granite and make it more porous and susceptible to stains.
- Hydrogen peroxide is an oxidizing agent that can bleach or lighten the color of certain materials, including granite. It can also be abrasive and may scratch the surface of the granite.
- Abrasive scrubbing pads or sponges: These materials can scratch the surface of the granite and make it more prone to staining.
In addition to these substances, it is generally a good idea to avoid using harsh or abrasive cleaners on granite countertops. These products can damage the stone's surface and make it more prone to staining. Instead, it is best to use a dedicated granite cleaner and polish specifically formulated for use on granite surfaces. Using these gentler cleaning products can help preserve the natural beauty and durability of your granite countertops.
How to disinfect granite?To disinfect granite countertops, we suggest using a combination of alcohol and water. You can either use isopropyl alcohol or rubbing alcohol.
- Begin by thoroughly wiping down the surface to remove any debris or spills.
- Mix a small amount of alcohol with water to create a disinfecting solution. The ratio of alcohol to water should be approximately 70% alcohol to 30% water.
- Dip a soft cloth or sponge into the disinfecting solution and gently wipe down the surface of the countertops.
- Once you have wiped down the entire surface of the countertops, allow the disinfectant to air dry. This will allow the alcohol to effectively kill any germs or bacteria present on the surface of the granite.
Is baking soda safe for granite?
We do not recommend using baking soda to clean granite surfaces because it is an abrasive. Small particles are used to physically scrub away dirt and grime. Because of this there is a risk of damaging a surface such as granite. This could lead to irreversible damage which would require a professional to repair.