You finally installed those new granite countertops you’ve been wanting. After making the investment, you want to keeping them looking beautiful, and may be wondering how to do that. For daily maintenance, simply dust the countertop and wipe down as needed with water and a soft cloth, such as cotton-flannel or a chamois.
Granite is naturally 95-98% stain resistant, but it will still need cleaning, of course. There are a lot of different cleaners, but make sure whatever you choose is phosphate free. Acidic cleaners can scratch the countertop. A solution of water, isopropyl rubbing alcohol, and dish detergent makes a cheap and easy cleaning solution. In a quart size bottle, mix a few drops of the dish detergent, one fourth cup of alcohol, and the rest water. Spray it on the counter top and make sure to wipe with a soft cloth. The result will be a clean and shiny countertop.
Simple Soap and Water
If you don’t have any rubbing alcohol on hand, you can use plain dish detergent and water to clean your granite. When using this method, make sure to thoroughly rinse the granite with a soft cloth. Soap buildup can occur, dulling the finish of the granite, if it is not rinsed thoroughly. Soap and water will not leave the countertop shiny like the alcohol solution or a store bought granite cleaner.
Store Bought Cleaners
If you want don’t want to worry about soap buildup, and don’t want to make your own cleaner, there are plenty of stone cleaners out there. Just make sure to choose one with a neutral ph and use a soft cloth. Dampen the cloth and wipe the granite countertops with the cleaner you have chosen.
Organic stains, such as coffee, tea, and food can be removed with 12% hydrogen peroxide and a few drops of ammonia. Baking soda and water will remove oil and grease stains, and ink stains can be removed with bleach or hydrogen peroxide.
In addition to cleaning, you can do some things to avoid damage to your countertops. Don’t leave or spill soft drinks, vinegar, or lemon juice on the granite surface. Avoid placing acidic fruits and vegetables directly on the granite. Use a cutting board instead. The acid in these foods can cause scratches.
There are some simple solutions to keeping your granite looking beautiful, but remember that prevention is the best way to avoid problems. Granite is an expensive material and if you want it to last a long time and continue to add value to your home, take good care of it!