How to Properly Clean Your Granite Countertops
If you have granite countertops, you may have noticed that, if not cleaned correctly, they can get streaks. Some are worried about cleaning their granite countertops the wrong way and can damage the stone in the long run. Well, the good news is that it’s very difficult to damage granite as it is a rock that is stain and heat resistant. That is, if the countertop is correctly sealed, which we will get into. For sanitary and aesthetic reasons, however, more than anything, you’re going to want to clean those countertops the correct way.
Here are the do’s and don’ts of cleaning your granite countertops:
Some people say that a window cleaner is a great way to clean the granite, we don’t recommend this. Others say you need to get a special granite cleaner from a specific store. This is unnecessary. We’ve found research from many different stone experts who have come to an agreement on the best way to clean and sanitize the stone slabs to prevent streaks and keep them shiny.
Before beginning an extensive cleaning and disinfecting of your granite counters, ensure they’re properly sealed. If it’s been more than a year since your stone slabs were last sealed, it’s time to get on that. Granite countertops need to be sealed annually to ensure they live up to their potential longevity. If you’re not sure if you need to seal your granite yet, a simple test is to drop some water on the surface. If the water beads up, the seal is secure. If the water soaks into the granite stone after a few minutes, it’s time to reseal that rock!
It’s important that you NEVER use sponges and acidic cleaners like ‘Windex’, vinegar, lime juice, or bleach. If a friend has given you any such advice, it’s time you find a new friend. And if your professional countertop installer has ever told you to do this, he’s crazy and just wants yo moolah! Pretty much, the stronger the cleaner is that is used to clean the granite, the quicker the seal breaks down. Meaning your annual sealing will turn into a quarterly event.
The key is to be gentle when cleaning your granite countertop. A microfibre cloth with warm water and dish soap will do the trick for the daily wipe-downs. However, disinfecting takes a little more than that. Granite that is properly sealed is actually rather impermeable to bad bacteria but if you feel that you need to sanitize the thing, we’ve got the tip you’re looking for…
Mix together a 1:1 solution of water and 91% isopropyl alcohol. Use a spray bottle to evenly spread this solution onto the granite countertop. Let it sit for 5 minutes and then rinse that ish with pure agua and dry it down with one of those microfibre cloths.
Why don’t we suggest “granite-safe cleaners”?
It’s not that these cleaners are a negative thing, but it’s more of a money-grab than anything. They’re entirely unnecessary as you can get just as good a result, if not better, with the process we just explained. Buy them if you’d like, just know that they aren’t necessary for beautiful, long-lasting granite stone countertops.
For more information on how to maintain your granite counters, call Rock Tops at (587) 800-7932.