How to Clean Granite Countertops Safely and Effectively

22 Feb

Although quite costly, granite seems to be the countertop of choice in today’s homes.  The beauty of the stone contributes to the elegance of even the most modest kitchen. Granite countertops can absorb stains if not sealed and, in any case, it is important to always make sure you keep them clean. Here are some tips and product types on how to clean granite countertops properly in order to keep them looking polished and fresh.

Vinegar:

  • Fill spray bottle with vinegar and warm water, being sure to shake it before applying. Spray counters with mixture and let remain on surface for at least ten minutes. After that, use a damp cloth to remove the vinegar. Use a dry towel to wipe up any remaining moisture on the surface of the counter, as this helps prevent spotting.

Windex:

  • Some people don’t like the smell of vinegar even though it cleans faster, so they will choose a different product such as Windex in the caring for granite countertops. With Windex the spray should be directed at the surface from approximately 8 inches. A soft rag is then used for cleaning as well as bufffing the surface. Some stains may require more time and energy in cleaning granite countertops.

Clorox Disinfecting Wipes:

  • Because of the odor, some people don’t like using Clorox; however, the wipes might be the best choice when you need the job done quickly. Again, be sure that you do not leave any moisture on the surface after using the wipes.

Granite Cleaners:

  • This type of cleaner is very easy to use and may be the best way of cleaning granite countertop surfaces. All you need to do is shake the bottle, spray it on the surface, let it remain for a few minutes and then wipe it off. This product helps the stone maintain its natural glow and shine.

You don’t have to deep clean your countertops every day. However, whenever you notice waters spots on them you should wipe them immediately. It’s still a good idea to clean counters at least once or twice a week and maybe more if there are children or a lot of people in the home who use them daily. Granite is a wonderful addition to have in your home for re-sale purposes and the proper cleaning of granite countertops means that you will be able to enjoy them for a long time to come.

When it comes to cleaning your countertops, wouldn’t you want the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you are using a product that will extend the life and beauty of your granite?

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