Keeping the Shine: The Elegance and Easy Care of Granite Countertops
Granite countertops for your home make good investments. Stone countertops can create unmatched beauty in your home’s interiors.
Granite is a durable material derived from nature; when specially processed for home use, and maintained well enough, it will retain its beautiful and shiny look for decades. Homeowners with new granite countertops for their bathrooms and kitchen may do well to heed these cleaning tips to avoid damaging their countertops.
The Safe Way to Clean Your Granite Counter Tops
There are special granite-safe cleansers that can be purchased at your regular grocery store. Buying special cleaning products can cost a small fortune, though. Another option is to simply use mixture of warm water and dish soap. When you need to disinfect the surface, a splash of isopropyl alcohol will work sufficiently. You may keep a spray bottle filled with isopropyl alcohol nearby for easy access when needed.
You can leave a streak-free stone countertop with a good wipe-over of glass cleanser and microfiber cloth. You can also use your standard disinfectant. Take note, however, that some cleaning products have a strong acidic component to them. While granite is durable, being exposed to acid on a daily basis can weaken the material, especially when your countertops are not properly sealed. Make sure to seal your granite countertops every year or two, as recommended, then, take it easy on products that are highly acidic—that includes window cleaner, ammonia, bleach, and vinegar. Using these cleaners daily could eventually erode your granite’s clear surface patterns and shine.
Usually, after cleaning with sponge and hot water, and streaks still appear and the finish is dull, chances are you still need to rinse the countertop again with the sponge to remove excess water; the countertop will also have to be wiped dry with a microfiber cloth. You can certainly use granite stone cleansers periodically; these cleansers are available in hardware and home improvement stores.
That said, a clean rag in hot soapy water and then a thorough rinse can get your kitchen countertops looking just fine. Your dish soap should serve the purpose quite well, too—and that is to remove gunk and food crumbs off the countertops, and leave them looking clean and streak-free. Cleaning your granite countertops is easy, requiring only for the most part, soapy water and a good, clean cloth.