Granite is one of the most popular options for natural stone countertops but when it comes time to clean them, you will find a lot of conflicting advice. One manufacturer will recommend a popular glass cleaner like Windex while another will claim you should never use those types of cleaners on granite. Some manufacturers say you should only use a special granite cleaner while others say just mild soap and water will work. When it comes to cleaning granite, there are some dos and don’ts you need to follow to keep your counters shining and free of streaks.
Seal Your Granite Periodically
One important “do” for granite countertops is to be sure that your countertops are sealed properly. Although granite is less porous than other natural stones, like marble, if it is unsealed, it can absorb oils and other substances that can stain. You can check to be sure your granite is sealed properly by sprinkling a few drops of water on the surface. If it beads up like a well-waxed car, your granite is securely sealed. If the water soaks into the granite, you need to have the countertops resealed.
Never Use Harsh Cleaners
The biggest “don’t” for granite countertops is to never use harsh cleaners on the surface. Acidic cleaners like vinegar, lemon, lime or any cleaners with ammonia or bleach can damage the surface of your granite countertops. Even Windex is too harsh for granite surfaces, so avoid using that as well. You should also avoid abrasive sponges and cloths to avoid scratching the surface as well. Instead, use warm water, mild soap and a soft cloth to keep granite clean. Use a microfiber cloth to remove any streaks for a smooth, glistening surface.
You Can Disinfect Granite
Mild soap and water should be enough to disinfect your granite counters as granite is resistant to bacteria as long as it is sealed properly. However, you can further disinfect the counter by mixing a solution that is half water and half 91 percent isopropyl alcohol. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and spray on granite. Allow it to sit for three to five minutes, rinse with water and dry with a microfiber cloth.
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