If you’re wondering how to clean granite countertops, you’ve come to the right place. Did you know that granite comes in different densities? Some stones are more porous than others.
Because granite is a porous material, some manufacturers apply a strong resin seal that fills pores and prevents smudging. Others only seal the most porous granite slabs and simply polish the granite that is not as porous. The polishing process involves sanding that produces a glass-like finish. Either way, your granite is finished, you don’t want to ruin the shine.
No matter how porous your countertop is, to make it look as beautiful as when it was installed, experts suggest the following:
> Always use a cutting board to avoid scratching the counter.
> Never place frozen items or hot pans from the oven directly on the granite. Also, avoid thermal shock by using a protective mat or trivet.
Clean up spills as soon as possible.
How to Clean and Disinfect Granite Countertops
For daily cleaning, use mild soap and water on your granite countertops. A hot, soapy microfiber cloth will remove dry food particles without scratching or damaging the surface in any way. Always rinse with clean water.
To disinfect, use a commercial product specifically for granite or other natural stone surfaces. If you want to use commercial cleaning products regularly because you like the fresh scent they add to your home, stay away from abrasive cleaning products and acidic products like vinegar, citrus, hydrogen peroxide, or bleach.
How to make your own natural granite cleaner
If you like to make your own natural cleaning products, creating something safe for granite is simple. Add a few drops of mild dish detergent to a spray bottle of water. To help it dry faster and to provide some disinfecting power, include a little alcohol. A ratio of 3 parts water to 1 part alcohol with 1/2 teaspoon of dish soap works well to kill bacteria, cut grease, and protect shine.
For your granite stains, make a paste with baking soda and water. Baking soda is a natural, non-abrasive, deodorizing cleaner. Simply mix with enough water to form a smooth paste, rub the stain in circular motions, and wipe well with a soft cloth or paper towel.