Best Tips on Cleaning Granite Countertops

Granite countertops are often used in kitchens and bathrooms where food preparation and personal hygiene occur. Regular cleaning helps eliminate bacteria, germs, and other contaminants that can accumulate on the surface, ensuring a clean and safe environment. Moreover, improper cleaning can damage granite even though it is durable and long-lasting. 

Granite countertops are prized for their natural beauty and aesthetic appeal. Regular cleaning helps preserve their polished and smooth surface, preventing the buildup of stains, grime, and residue buildup. If you are not sure how to go about cleaning your granite countertops, here are a few tips to help you. 

  • Use a soft cloth or sponge

When cleaning granite, avoid using abrasive materials such as steel wool or scrub brushes that can scratch the surface. Instead, use a soft cloth or sponge to gently clean the countertops. 

  • Use mild, pH-neutral cleaners

Harsh chemicals and acidic cleaners can damage the sealant and the surface of the granite. Stick to mild, pH-neutral cleaners specifically designed for granite countertops. You can also make a homemade cleaner by mixing equal parts water and isopropyl alcohol.

  • Avoid acidic substances

Acidic substances like vinegar, lemon juice, or ammonia can etch the surface of the granite, causing damage over time. Avoid using these substances when cleaning your countertops. If you wish to extend the lifespan of your granite countertops, we recommend using cleaners suggested by the manufacturer. 

  • Wipe up spills immediately

Granite is a porous material and spills like wine, oils, or acidic liquids can penetrate the surface and cause staining. Clean up spills as soon as possible to prevent any potential damage. Be sure to use a recommended stain remover to avoid damaging the surface. 

  • Don't use excessive water

While granite is relatively water-resistant, it's best to avoid leaving water sitting on the countertop for extended periods. Excessive moisture can seep into the granite and cause damage. Wipe away any excess moisture promptly.

  • Use a granite sealer

Apply a granite sealer regularly to maintain the protective layer on the surface. Sealing helps to prevent stains and makes it easier to clean spills. If you are not familiar with the sealing process, consider seeking a professional’s help. 

  • Avoid using abrasive cleaners or scrubbing pads

Stay away from abrasive cleaners, scouring pads, or scrub brushes as they can scratch the surface of the granite. Stick to gentle cleaning methods to preserve the countertop's appearance.

  • Use coasters and trivets

To prevent potential damage from hot pans or dishes, use coasters or trivets when placing them on your granite countertops. This precaution helps to protect the surface from heat damage.

  • Clean regularly

Regular cleaning is essential to maintain the appearance and longevity of your granite countertops. Wipe them down with a soft cloth or sponge daily and use a granite cleaner periodically to remove any residue or buildup. If you have a busy routine, consider hiring a maid service to clean your countertops regularly. 

  • Test new cleaners in a small, inconspicuous area

Before using a new cleaner or product on your granite countertops, test it in a small, hidden area to ensure it doesn't cause any adverse reactions or damage to the stone. Once tested, only then proceed to use the following products on your granite surface. 

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