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How to Clean Granite Countertops


How to Clean Granite Countertops

A granite countertop is an essential feature of every kitchen for an elegant and distinctive look. Whether you opt for this timeless classic theme or this modern, elegant ambience, granite offers endless design possibilities, as it is available in a wide variety of patterns and in a wide range of colours. Below you will find out how to clean granite countertops to keep them looking beautiful for years to come.

Granite is a popular choice for countertops because of its strength and durability. It can withstand daily wear and tear. It is less porous than other natural stone surfaces such as marble. It is also scratch resistant and is not sensitive to heat from pots and pans.

Contrary to popular belief, granite is not so difficult to maintain. It requires little cleaning effort and most of the materials you need are easily found in your kitchen pantry. Imagine how much you can save by not having to buy those expensive special cleaners.

Here are some important tips you need to know to keep your granite countertop clean and streak-free:

Daily preventative maintenance is key.

As soon as you see spills on your granite countertop, wipe it down immediately. Use a soft cloth to gently dab the surface to prevent the liquid from spreading. Don’t leave sodas, wine or even water splashes on your countertop too long so they don’t turn into stains. Granite may be scratch-resistant, but remember that it is permeable to liquid substances.

Periodic sealing will make your granite more durable.

Weakly sealed worktops are more prone to absorption, allowing liquids to seep through. Wine, juices or coloured liquids can discolour granite. A test to find out if your granite countertop is doing the “water test”. Leave a few drops of water on the surface. A well-sealed countertop will make the water bead. If the water is absorbed by the surface, it means that the joint is not secure. As a general rule, granite countertops must be sealed every year.

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On the other hand, here are some natural cleaning solutions that you can use:

Daily solution: Use this for daily maintenance

  •     What you’ll need: warm water, mild dish soap and a soft cloth.
  •     What to do: Simply mix dishwashing soap with warm water. Wet your cloth and gently wipe the top of the countertop.
  •     Stay away from citrus-based cleaners when cleaning granite. Try to avoid using lemon, orange, vinegar and bleach-based products on granite countertops, as they can damage the joint.

Stain Remover: Use this to remove stubborn stains.

  •     What you will need: lukewarm water, baking soda, mild soap (dish soap is sufficient) and a soft cloth.
  •     What to do: Dab the stain to remove as much substance as possible. Spray with water and apply a paste of baking soda and water (consistency should be similar to sour cream). Be sure to cover it with plastic wrap and leave it for 24 hours. Wipe off the paste and rinse with warm water and soap.

Disinfectant: Use this to keep your countertops disinfected and germ-free.

  •     What you will need: methylated spirits, hot water and a soft cloth.
  •     What to do: In a spray bottle, mix equal amounts of isopropyl alcohol with water (1:1 cup ratio). Spray on your countertop and let stand for at least three to five minutes. Rinse with warm water and wipe dry with a soft cloth.

You can find granite countertops from the factory with a resin treatment already applied. While others may require sealing the granite yourself periodically. Those that do not have a factory sealer may need to be sealed by the owner every one or two years. Also remember that when cleaning your granite countertop, avoid using abrasives, as hard scouring tools can damage the surface. Also, it is never a good idea to use acidic substances such as vinegar, lemon or bleach as cleaning agents, as this could weaken the granite seal over time