Cleaning Granite Countertops - Quick Tips
Granite Countertop Care
It is important to take care when cleaning granite countertops. They are one of the easiest surfaces to clean, but there are a few rules you must pay attention to. With a little daily and weekly attention , your granite countertops will look it’s best for years to come.
Daily washing of your granite countertop with clean, warm water and a soft non-abrasive cloth is a good habit to get into. This will make sure small spills and stains do not get a chance to set or penetrate the granite surface. It also pays to blot small spills immediately.
If you need to use a cleaning product to remove dirt and grime, be very sure to use a neutral (pH balanced) product, as alkaline or acidic cleaners will abrade the polish from your granite. If you’re not sure if the cleaning product is neutral, just be sure to avoid anything that contains vinegar, lemon, lime or ammonia. After using your chosen cleaning product, be sure to rinse the surface down to wash off any leftover residues. Then dry the granite with a soft cloth.
Damage to your granite surface by acid can be seen as “etching” – fuzzy spots or rings on the surface.
There are many products available that let you take proper care of your granite countertops, such as The Works Glass and Surface Cleaner and Marbamist. However, you can save money and get your granite just as clean by making your own cleaning solution. Use a 30-40% mixture of Isopropyl alcohol in water with a few drops of neutral pH detergent. Isopropyl alcohol is used to keep instruments sterile in hospitals, so you can be sure it is safe to use on your granite countertop.