Investing in granite countertops is a great way to add a little luxury to your kitchen or bathroom. Granite is commonly thought of as being strong and resilient, but when it comes time to cleaning it you must proceed with caution. Harsh products and common household concoctions can actually do damage to the beautiful stone. But with a little extra care and attention, your countertops will shine on!
Here are the do’s and don’ts of cleaning granite countertops:
Do: Make sure your granite countertop is sealed. While granite is one of the more non-porous stones, unsealed granite will be at risk for soaking up oils, spills and stains. Unsure if your countertop is sealed already? Leave a few drops of water on the surface–if it beads up, your seal is secure. If the water is soaked up by the stone, it’s time to break out the sealant.
Don’t: Steer clear of harsh or abrasive cleaners and sponges. Products with ammonia or bleach will dull and weaken the sealant over time. Opt for a mild dish detergent diluted in water and apply it with a soft cotton cloth. And don’t forget to dry off the countertop completely afterwards! This will not only help prevent against water damage, but will eliminate streaks that dull it’s sparkle.
Do: Wipe up spills as soon as you notice them. This should go without saying, but acting fast will maximize the life of your stone!
Don’t: Don’t worry too much about disinfecting. A well sealed countertop is impervious to bacteria. The daily sanitizing combination of a mild dish soap and warm water should be adequate enough to take care of any germs. If a stronger disinfectant is desired, mix a 50:50 solution of water and 91% isopropyl alcohol, leave it on for 3-5 minutes and voila!
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