Did you know granite comes in different densities? Some stones are more porous than others. Because granite is a porous material, some manufacturers apply a tough resin seal that fills the pores and prevents staining. Others only seal the most porous granite slabs and simply polish granite that isn’t as porous. The polishing process involves sanding that produces a glass-like finish. Whichever way your granite was finished, you don’t want to ruin the shine.
No matter how porous your countertop is, to keep it looking as beautiful as when was when it was installed, experts suggest the following:
- Always use a cutting board to prevent scratches.
- Never place frozen items or hot pans from the oven directly on the granite. Also, prevent thermal shock by using a protective mat or trivet.
- Wipe up spills as soon as possible.
In addition to these tips, here’s how to clean granite countertops daily to keep them shiny and streak-free.
How To Clean and Disinfect Granite Countertops
For everyday cleaning, use mild dish soap and water on your granite countertops. A hot, soapy microfiber cloth will remove dried on food particles without scratching or harming the surface in any way. Always rinse with clean water.
To disinfect, use a commercial product specifically for granite or other natural stone surfaces.
If you want to use commercial cleaning products regularly because you like the fresh scent they add to your home, stay away from abrasive cleansers and products that are acidic, such as vinegar, citrus, hydrogen peroxide or bleach.
How to Make Your Own Natural Granite Cleaner
Weiman makes a non-toxic granite and stone cleaner that is pH balanced. But if you like to make your own natural cleaning products, creating something safe for granite is simple. Add a few drops of mild dish soap to a spray bottle of water. To help it dry faster and to provide some disinfecting power, include some rubbing alcohol. A ratio of 3 parts water to 1 part alcohol with 1/2 teaspoon of dish soap works well at killing bacteria, cutting grease and protecting the shine.
For stains on your granite, make a paste with baking soda and water. Baking soda is a naturally deodorizing, non-abrasive cleanser. Simply mix with enough water to form a soft paste, rub on the stain using circular motions and wipe thoroughly with a soft cloth or paper towel.
Is It OK to Use Windex on Granite Countertops?
The short answer is no. According to the Rock Doctor, Windex tops the list of common cleaners that can damage granite countertops. Its strong ingredients will not only dull the shine, but it can also remove any sealant to the point that the underlying stone will become pitted.
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