Once you spend as much money as it costs to purchase, fabricate and install your granite slabs you don’t want anything to happen to your stone. You want it to last as long as it possibly can without needing any repairs or being replaced. Because granite is a natural stone and not an engineered product, cleaning your granite countertops needs to be a high priority. Read below to learn all about how!
Cleaning Your Granite Countertops Daily
When it comes to cleaning your granite daily, you want to make sure you keep dirt and debris off the surface which can often be very hard to see with the intricate designs that granite can have. Take a microfiber cloth that is clean and free of any chemicals and wipe of the surface of the granite throughout the day to keep up with the dirt. Also, make sure to clean up any spills that happen and don’t let any liquid sit on the surface for long periods of time. Granite is porous so you don’t want stained liquid to sit long enough for it to soak into the stone and stain it. If your granite is sealed, this will help with it not staining after spills, but even if your granite is sealed it is better to not let liquid sit on the surface.
Make Sure To Keep Your Granite Sealed
You also want to make sure you keep up with the seal on your granite. The sealant helps the granite be durable and stand strong against anything. Typically, you want to have your granite professionally sealed once every year. Every few months, there is a specific spray that seals your counters that you can do on your own which is good to keep up with also.
What NOT To Do
Do not use abrasive materials to clean off your counter such as a rough sponge, a brush, or a towel that is very rough. Granite is resistant to scratching as the stone itself, but the rough and abrasive material can eat through the sealant which can leave your granite unprotected. Use a microfiber cloth, a sponge without the abrasive side, or a paper towel. Also, if there is a spill that is hard to clean and hardens, do not spray cleaner and let it sit in hopes that it will help with easier clean up. You don’t want the chemicals sitting on the granite, eating away at the surface.
When it comes to cleaners do not use bleach, glass cleaner, or cleaners that say multi surface. All of these have chemicals in them that are not good for granite and can damage it. You want to use a balanced cleaner that is specifically meant for granite. Cleaners that have ammonia, vinegar, and lemon in them are acidic and can eat away at your granite’s seal. If you don’t want to spend the money on a good cleaner that is made for stones or granite, you can make your own. If you take some PH balanced dish soap or detergent and mix it with water. It will act just as good of a cleaner as the others, without the harmful chemicals and effects that can come from using them.
Also, don’t use cleaners on your stone unless you need to. If you can, simply wipe away the dust or crumbs with a soft towel. Sometimes seeing dirt on your counter surface can be tricky with the design and all the different colors, so take a damp paper towel or even the palm of your hand and run it across the stone. This way you can feel for any dust or crumbs and make sure you don’t miss a spot.
It is very important to pay attention to the care instructions for your specific stone, whether its granite, marble, quartzite or so on. While they all are very similar with their suggested cleaning process, you don’t want to damage the surface. It can also depend on the type of finish you have on your stone- whether its high gloss, honed, or leathered. Ask your supplier and the fabricator if they have any recommendations when it comes to cleaning the stone based on its components and characteristics. If you follow these easy steps when cleaning your stone, it is sure to last you years without any damage.