Granite countertops are known for their durability and longevity. However, since it is natural stone, it may stain or etch when exposed to certain chemicals. Fortunately, deep cleaning your granite countertop is simple. Here’s a guide to help homeowners clean their granite countertops.
How Can You Deep Clean Your Granite Countertop?
When it comes to deep cleaning your granite countertop, there are a few materials you may need, but most of them are household items that you most probably already have. Be sure to wear gloves to avoid scratches when cleaning. You may also have to steer clear of certain soaps and detergents that are known to be corrosive to granite.
Once you have all the materials and worn gloves, it’s time for the deep cleaning.
1. Inspect your countertop. First, remove any containers or utensils sitting on the countertop surface. Look carefully for any scratches or discolorations due to food or beverage residue. If you have metal containers sitting on the countertops for a long time, you might also see areas that are starting to corrode.
2. Wipe off any residue. Next, dip a clean microfiber towel in warm water, and wipe off any residue on your granite countertop. This will remove most of the food particles, beverages, grease, watermarks and dust on the surface.
3. Deep clean. Add three to five drops of concentrated dish soap to about a liter of warm water. Take note that water needs to be warm to ensure your soap reacts well to the residue you want to remove. Dip the microfiber towel in soapy water, and wipe the towel all over the granite surface gently. You may repeat the process about two to three times depending on the amount of dirt or grease. Don’t force any material that is hard to remove as granite can easily scratch. Instead, let the soapy water soak for up to three minutes, then wipe off again.
4. Dry the countertop. Never dry a damp granite countertop surface on its own to prevent water stains from developing. So, be sure to wipe everything dry using a clean microfiber towel. If you have a wide surface to clean, a chamois is helpful because it absorbs standing water effectively.
What to Avoid When Cleaning Your Granite Countertop
There are many types of granite countertops. Some come from the factory with a resin treatment while others require a sealant to be applied every few years. Granite is porous, which means a sealer is required to protect the granite from harmful components that can damage it. Also, avoid using acid-based cleaners like lemon or vinegar. These substances can etch the countertop surface, causing it to stain more easily. Be careful with these common acidic household items as they can damage the seal on your granite.
If you’re thinking of installing a granite countertop for your kitchen or bathroom, you can count on Granite Works to get the job done! We are your one-stop shop for countertops and cabinets in Maryland. Call us today at (301) 640-5010, or fill out our online contact form to request a quote.