Granite is a great choice for your kitchen countertops. Its strength, durability, and uniqueness are just some of the qualities that make it the perfect choice for many homeowners.
Since granite is a natural stone, it is porous and needs to be sealed. However, some sealants last for 25 years, and granite is much less maintenance than its other natural stone counterparts.
While granite is a relatively low maintenance option, it still needs to be kept clean. If you take care of your countertops, they can last for decades and will look just as polished and beautiful as the day they were installed. So if you decide that granite is the right choice for your kitchen, below is a guide that will walk you through the steps to clean and ensure the longevity of your surface.
Cleaning Routine for Granite Countertops
1. Wipe down your countertop with granite cleaning spray and a soft cloth
We recommend that you wipe down your countertops regularly and keep the surface free of dirt and grime. You can clean the countertop with a granite cleaning spray or a few drops of dish detergent and a soft cloth. Keep in mind that constant use of dish soap can dull your countertop’s shine. Afterward, rinse your countertop with warm water.
2. Wipe away any debris
For dried debris, apply more pressure with the damp cloth and then wipe it away. Never use an abrasive sponge or plastic scrapper.
3. Disinfect your surface
To disinfect your granite countertop, apply a solution of half water and half isopropyl alcohol. Then rinse your countertop with warm water. We recommend disinfecting your countertop every so often.
Removing Stains from Granite Countertops
1. Baking soda
To remove stains from granite, apply a paste of baking soda and water. Then gently scrub the spot with a soft cloth. If you have a tough stain, you can put the paste on the spot, cover it with plastic wrap and let it sit until the paste dries. This can take a couple of days. Once the paste is dry, use a soft cloth to wipe, and after rinse with warm water.
2. If you are unsure, seek help
If you are unsure what kind of stain or how to treat it appropriately, consult your manufacturer’s guidelines, or have a professional look at it.
1. Use a natural stone sealer
Granite countertops need to be sealed to prevent stains and bacteria from seeping into the pores. The best course of action is to purchase a long-term sealant. There is a 25-year warranty sealing treatment that protects against all staining. A one-time application will end up costing less than having to repeatedly pay to have your countertop resealed every few years.
2. Immediately wipe up any spill
While the sealant prevents stains, it wears down over time so clean up spills immediately. When you spill a liquid like milk, juice or soda on your countertop, blot it with a soft cloth or paper towel rather than wiping it. Afterward, dry your countertop with a cloth so that the moisture does not seep into the pores of the stone.
3. Do not use harsh cleaners
Avoid using harsh scrubbers or cleaners. They can cause scratches that will wear down the sealant. DO NOT use Windex, acidic products, bleach or vinegar.
4. Always use coasters
In order to protect your granite from absorbing moisture, use coasters under any drink.
5. Do Not Sit Or Stand On Your Countertops
Granite countertops are very durable, but they are not flexible and do not have plywood backing. Too much weight in one spot could cause a crack so do not stand on your countertops.
6. Never Place Hot Pans Or Pots On Granite Countertops
Hot cooking pots probably won’t damage your granite countertops since they are quite durable. However, extreme or constant temperature changes can harm your stone. Avoid leaving hot pans sitting on granite in a cold room