Natural stone countertops cleaning tips.
Granite countertops are both beautiful and long-lasting and can greatly enhance your home. They look great, and are very resilient when it comes to wear and tear or heat. With normal everyday use it will not chip or brake, however it is still not indestructible and since it is made of crystalline material it allows for small spaces or pours. But when properly sealed, granite countertops are very easy to clean and will serve for years to come.
So, is there the best way to clean granite countertops? We’ve heard a lot of answers, and it is very easy to get lost here, some say use Windex when the others are completely against it, they say use special granite cleaners only, while you might hear that there is no need for special cleaners and soap and water will do just fine. What is it then? How to clean granite countertops to make them last?
First off all, lets start with some dos and don’ts of natural stone countertops cleaning. Once you know how to care for new granite kitchen and some things to avoid, cleaning is simple. And the best part? You don’t really need any special granite cleaners.
The Dos and Don’ts of Cleaning Granite Countertops:
Don’t: Regardless of the type of granite or granite sealer, what doesn’t vary is what you should not clean your granite countertops with. Avoid using harsh abrasives and sponges and stay away from acid-based cleaners, like vinegar, lemon, lime, or anything with ammonia or bleach (that includes Windex). The acids contained in these type of cleaners can dull and weaken some sealants and can leave countertop without it’s protection. Basically the harsher the cleaner the faster it will break down the sealant.
Do: Make sure your granite countertops are sealed. Regular sealing of granite countertops helps protect it from absorbing oils, spills and stains. You will notice your granite sealant weaken over time. Its time to reseal the granite if you leave a few drops of water on the surface and after a few minutes the water has soaked into the granite.
Do: Use the warm, soapy dish cloth to wipe up spills as soon as you notice them and keep your granite countertops clean through the day.
Daily cleaning of granite is actually very simple. All you need is a wash cloth, warm water, a small amount of dish soap and a hand towel for drying. It’s a good practice to do this every time your cook, if not daily.
If you want to disinfect your granite, a simple mix of equal parts isopropyl alcohol and distilled water in a spray bottle works great. Thoroughly spray the countertop and allow the solution to sit for 2 to 3 minutes. Wipe down with a wash cloth. This should also help to restore your granite’s shine.
To sum up a good granite cleaning habit:
Daily countertop cleaning:
Clean your granite countertops with hot water and a dish rag or sponge. Wipe away crumbs and spills to keep your countertops clean and tidy throughout the day.
For more thorough cleaning, in the end of the day, you can use special granite cleaners. Just a quick spray and wipe of the main areas of use with a good granite cleaner is enough to clean and disinfect your countertops and provide a streak-free shine.
Weekly countertop cleaning:
Remove (or move aside) all items on the countertop and use the granite cleaner over the entire surface and edges to remove all dust and debris that collect around appliances.