How to Clean Granite Countertops
Asking “how do you clean granite countertops” is one of the most common questions people are asking in a marble and granite dealers showroom. As the popularity of quartz counters and granite worktops lead the way, proper stone care and maintenance is the key to keeping kitchen counter tops looking like new.
As the popularity of quartz and granite continues to rise, I see some long term issues with some of the most common cleaning methods. One of the most popular issues directly related to not caring for granite properly, include a dull surface. This can be prevented in every case, by properly cleaning your stone with a non-abrasive, pH neutral granite cleaner that doesn’t build up or require a rinse. Although some of the methods I read won’t actually hurt the stone, I can’t say that they will help protect your polished granite from looking dull or getting stains. Here I will discuss how to properly clean natural stone, quartz countertops and worktops. This article will also lay out some general guidelines for cleaning granite countertops and marble vanities.
According to the Marble institute of America, it is important to use a pH neutral cleaner when cleaning granite marble and other natural stones.
Using a Homemade Granite Cleaner For Cleaning Granite Countertops
You can make a homemade granite cleaner that is pH neutral or balanced, with dish soap, water and some alcohol. However, If dish soap is used, it is imperative to rinse the surface after each use to avoid soap scum buildup. If you don’t rinse the surface after each use, the soap buildup will cause your polished granite to look dull. The good thing about using homemade granite cleaners is that they are about the most inexpensive cleaning product used for marble and granite. When using a homemade granite cleaner made with dish soap and water or dish soap and alcohol, be sure to follow with a proper rinse after each use.