Natural Stone Care
Cleaning natural stone countertops is relatively simple, but it’s essential to use the right products and methods to avoid damaging the stone. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to clean granite countertops effectively:
Materials you will need:
- Warm water
- Mild dish soap or a pH-balanced granite cleaner
- Microfiber or soft, lint-free cloth
- Paper towels or a clean, dry cloth
- Isopropyl alcohol (optional, for disinfecting)
Clear the Countertop: Remove any items, dishes, or debris from the countertop to have a clean surface to work with.
Dust or Sweep: Use a soft cloth or a dry microfiber cloth to gently remove any loose dirt, crumbs, or dust from the surface. This prevents scratching when you start cleaning.
Prepare a Cleaning Solution:
- For daily cleaning: Mix warm water with a few drops of mild dish soap or a pH-balanced granite cleaner. Avoid using acidic or abrasive cleaners, as they can damage the surface.
- For disinfecting (optional): You can mix a solution of 50% water and 50% isopropyl alcohol in a spray bottle for added disinfection. However, this is not necessary for routine cleaning.
Clean the countertops: Dip a soft cloth or a microfiber cloth into the cleaning solution, wring it out so that it’s damp but not dripping, and wipe down the granite surface. Work in small sections to ensure thorough cleaning.
Rinse and Dry: after cleaning, use a clean, damp cloth to wipe off any soap residue from the surface. Then, immediately dry the countertop with a dry cloth or paper towels to prevent water spots or streaks.
Buff for Shine (optional): If you want to achieve a glossy finish, you can use a separate, clean, dry microfiber cloth to buff the countertop gently in circular motions.
Use Trivets or Hot Pads: Granite is heat resistant, but it’s still a good idea to use trivets or hot pads under hot pots and pans to avoid potential thermal shock, which can lead to cracks or damage.
Avoid Harsh Chemicals: Never use harsh or abrasive cleaners, such as bleach, vinegar, ammonia, or citrus-based cleaners, as they can etch or damage the granite surface.
- Sealing: Granite countertops are pre-sealed, do not require sealing every year as before, but recommended sealing it once a 3-5 year to maintain their luster and protect against stains. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for the specific sealer you use.
- Blot Spills Immediately: If you spill something acidic (like citrus juice or wine) on the countertop, blot it up immediately with a paper towel or cloth to prevent staining.
By following these steps and maintaining your granite countertops properly, you can keep them looking beautiful for years to come.