How To Clean Granite Countertops
In order to fully understand the basic care of granite, it's important to know how it became the countertop in the first place.
Granite, as a stone, comes from a quarry in the form of a huge block. The block is then sliced with a saw blade into slabs. Each slab is raw with porous sides. Some granite is more porous than other types. The porousness depends on the mineral makeup of the granite.
At the factory, the slab is polished and a sealant is put on to protect the granite.
Maintenance of Granite Countertops
Though granite countertops are popular for Casco homeowners, the cleaning and maintenance of the countertops isn't as widely spread. You have to properly clean and maintain the surface to keep it in good condition. While the surface is tough, it can be stained, and using the wrong cleaner can strip the seal. Be sure to clean up spills right away, then use a cleaner designed for granite countertops to clean and disinfect the countertops. If you seal wears down, which happens naturally after two or three years, be sure to apply a new seal so your countertop is protected from stains.
Cleaning and Disinfecting
When cleaning your countertops on a general basis, use dish soap and warm water. se warm water and dish soap for general cleaning. You can use a small bucket or your sink for the warm water, and then add a small amount of liquid dish soap. Gently mix the soap into the warm water.
The exact proportions of the mixture don't matter. The water only needs to be slightly sudsy.
Be sure to wipe down the countertops daily with a clean, white cloth, moving appliances or decorations to another area to reach the full surface. Dip the cloth in the warm water and soap mixture, wring it out, and use it to clean the counter and pick up any stray crumbs.
Any sticky residue or spills need to be wiped up immediately. If a spill has set before you discover it, use a hot, wet rag to loosen the debris and remove it. Then scrub down your counters using a circular motion.
You can use a mixture of water and rubbing alcohol to disinfect your countertops. Simply use a mixture of one part water and one part isopropyl alcohol (70%) in a spray bottle. Gently shake the solution to mix the water and alcohol for use.
If you like scented cleaners, you can use half a cup of rubbing alcohol (120 mL), one-and-a-half cups of warm water (350 mL), half a teaspoon of dish soap (2.5 mL), and 10-20 drops of your preferred essential oil.
Spray your countertop with the disinfecting solution every two to three days. Mist the entire countertop using the spray bottle, reaching the entire surface of the countertop. Let the mixture sit on the countertop for approximately five minutes so it has time to disinfect.
To use the mixture just for cleaning, you can skip letting it sit on the countertop for five minutes and simply wipe it off.
Dry your countertops after wiping up the disinfecting solution. Dip your cloth back into the soapy water, then use it on the countertops to remove any residual disinfecting spray from the counters. If you want, you can finish the cleaning by wiping the counters again with just water.
Finally, wipe the countertops with a dry cloth to give them a polish.
Do not use acidic cleaners on granite countertops. Any cleaners that include vinegar, lemon, or ammonia are too acidic for granite countertops. They can actually break down the surface of the countertops. However, using the citrus essential oil in your mixture is okay because it has a neutral pH.
Avoid using most commercial disinfectants/cleaners, including anything with bleach. Look for cleaners specifically designed for granite. Two examples are Granite Gold and Method Daily Granite.
If you are unsure whether to use a cleaner on your granite, read the information on the bottle. If granite is listed as a surface for the cleaner, you can use it.
For best cleaning results, use a clean, white cloth that doesn't have excess fibers that could be left behind on the counter. A clean cloth diaper or microfiber cloth is a good option. Avoid abrasive cloths because they can damage the countertop surface.
Avoid the abrasive sides of sponges and steel wool, or other abrasive materials, on the countertops.