A mesmerizing blend of beauty and durability, granite countertops are a coveted addition to any home. However, to keep them gleaming like new, mastering the art of properly cleaning your granite counters is key.
In this comprehensive guide, our team at Granite Selection will reveal the secrets to maintaining pristine granite surfaces. From tackling tough stains to daily upkeep, our expert tips and techniques will transform your cleaning routine. Say goodbye to dull surfaces and hello to a dazzling showcase of sparkling granite!
Join us as we explore the ultimate step-by-step approach to ensure your granite countertops remain flawless for years to come. Learn granite care and make your kitchen or bathroom shine brighter than ever before! Let’s get started on your sparkling surfaces.
Get Ready with Essential Tools and Materials
Before we explore the topic of cleaning granite countertops, it’s important to prepare ourselves with the right tools and materials. Cleaning granite surfaces correctly ensures their longevity and maintains their exquisite appearance. It’s important to understand the importance of using the correct products and equipment to achieve the best results while protecting the natural beauty of our countertops. To effectively clean your granite kitchen countertops, gather the following tools and materials:
Soft Microfiber Cloths: Gentle on the surface, a soft cloth won’t scratch or damage the granite.
Protective Gloves: If you have sensitive skin or if you’re using more robust cleaning solutions, wearing protective gloves is a good idea.
Spray Bottle: A spray bottle is convenient for applying the cleaning solution evenly.
pH-Balanced Granite Cleaner: Specifically designed for natural stone, this type of cleanser won’t erode the sealant or dull the surface.
Stone Sealer: Use a stone sealer after cleaning to preserve the countertop’s shine and prevent stains.
Mild Dish Soap: An alternative to granite cleaner for regular maintenance.
Plastic or Rubber Spatula: Useful for gently scraping off dried spills or residues.
Isopropyl Alcohol: Ideal for tackling stubborn stains and disinfecting the surface.
Equipped with the right tools and materials, you’re now prepared to embark on your journey to clean and maintain your granite countertops. Following the proper steps and using the appropriate products ensures that your countertops remain a stunning centerpiece in your home. Let’s outline the step-by-step guide to achieving radiant and spotless granite!
Steps Involved in Cleaning Your Countertops
Step 1. Clean Off the Counters
Before diving into the cleaning process, remove any clutter or debris from your granite counters. Start by removing all items, such as kitchen appliances, utensils, and decorative pieces, from the surface. Take extra care to gently relocate any heavy objects to prevent scratches or chips.
Clearing the counters gives you better access to the entire surface area and allows for a thorough cleaning process. This initial step sets the foundation for the subsequent cleaning stages and helps maintain the pristine condition of your granite countertops.
Remember, a clutter-free surface facilitates a more efficient and effective cleaning routine and ensures your countertops remain dazzling.
Step 2: Cleanse the Surface
Once your granite countertops are clear of any items, it’s time to clean the surface. There are two effective methods to choose from, and you can choose based on your preference and the level of dirt or stains present.
Mild Kitchen Cleaner: For regular maintenance and light cleaning of your granite kitchen countertops, a mild kitchen cleaner is a suitable option. Start by mixing a few drops of mild dishwashing liquid with warm water in a spray bottle or a bucket. Using a soft microfiber cloth or sponge, dampen it with the soapy solution and gently wipe down the granite countertops. Avoid acidic or harsh cleaners, as they can damage the protective sealant on the granite.
Granite Cleaner: For deeper cleaning or when dealing with stubborn stains, opt for a specialized granite cleaner. These cleaners are specifically formulated to be gentle on granite while effectively removing grime and stains. Follow the instructions on the cleaner’s packaging and apply it evenly across the countertop.
Whichever method you choose, ensure you thoroughly rinse the surface with clean water and wipe it dry to avoid any water spots or streaks. Regular cleaning with these methods will keep your granite countertops looking good and extend their longevity.
Step 3: Wring Out Excess Water
Once you’ve applied a suitable granite cleaner and let it sit for the recommended time, take a clean, damp microfiber cloth or sponge and gently wipe down the countertops. Make sure to wring out excess water from the cloth to avoid over-saturating the granite surface. Too much water can seep into the pores of the granite countertop, potentially causing damage over time.
A slightly damp cloth is sufficient to wipe away any remaining residue and cleaning solution, leaving your granite countertops spotless and streak-free. Remember, gentle and controlled moisture is key to preserving the longevity and luster of your granite surfaces.
Step 4: Start Cleaning
With your granite countertops cleared of clutter and dusted, it’s time to begin the actual cleaning process. For this step, you’ll need a gentle and pH-balanced cleaner specifically designed for granite surfaces. Be sure to avoid using harsh chemicals, abrasive scrubbers, or acidic substances that could damage the stone.
Dilute the Cleaner: Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and dilute the cleaner with water in a spray bottle. This will prevent the cleaner from being too strong and potentially harming the granite’s surface.
Spray and Wipe: Evenly spray the diluted cleaner on a small section of the countertop. Use a soft, non-abrasive microfiber cloth or sponge to gently wipe the surface in a circular motion. Avoid using rough scouring pads as they can scratch the granite.
Pay Attention to Stains: If you encounter any stains or dried-on spills, let the cleaner sit on the affected area for a few minutes before gently scrubbing it away.
Rinse and Dry: After cleaning each section, rinse the countertop with clean water to remove any residue. Then, dry the surface thoroughly with a soft cloth to avoid water spots.
The above steps ensure a thorough and safe cleaning experience, leaving your granite countertops looking radiant and preserving their natural beauty for years to come.
Step 5: Stain Treatment
How to remove stains from granite? We’ve had to answer this question quite a number of times because coffee, water, or oil stains on granite can really be an eyesore in your otherwise beautiful space. If you’re aware of how a particular stain got there, you can use a DIY granite solution to remove it yourself. Keep in mind that you may need to reseal the stone after you are finished.
Oil-Based Stains: Use a gentle liquid household cleaner and a non-abrasive rag to target oil stains.
Water Spots: Use fine steel wool with 0000 grit and lightly run it over the stain. Remember not to use too much pressure or you could damage the stone.
Organic Stains: Use 12 percent hydrogen peroxide and a soft cloth to eliminate organic stains.
Step 6: Prevent Future Stains
Now that you’ve put in the work to complete your granite countertop maintenance, go one step further and prevent stains before they have the chance to set in and cause damage. As soon as a stain occurs, do your best to clean it as soon as possible. This is especially true for acidic liquids such as fruit juice or tomato juice.
Blotting instead of wiping can keep the stain in one area instead of spreading it over a larger surface area. Microfiber cloths are perfect for these types of spills. Finally, coasters are your friend and can help reduce the need for granite stain removal in the first place.
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The simplest way to clean granite is by making a soap solution by diluting dish detergent with warm water. Wipe the surface with a rag or towel dipped in the solution and work your way across the stone countertops using circular motions to ensure an even polish.
Ammonia or Bleach
You can also make a cleaning solution with a small amount of ammonia or bleach and warm water. Ammonia is better because it’s basic rather than acidic, which is less likely to cause long-term damage to the stone. CAUTION: Never mix them together — combining ammonia and bleach produces a deadly toxic gas.
Talcum Powder / Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda)
Porous and/or untreated stone can acquire stains over time. The best way to remove oily or fatty stains is to clean granite with baking soda or talcum powder. Liberally apply some powder or a mixture of baking soda and water and leave it to sit for a few days. Over time, these chemicals will draw out the oils in the stain and allow you to wipe them off with a cloth.
Acetone / Mineral Alcohol
Other persistent stains can come from paints and inks. To remove paint and ink stains from your granite countertop without scratching or scrubbing the stone, use acetone or mineral alcohol. Wearing gloves, make a diluted solution with warm water, and rub off the stain with a cloth.
Polishing Your Granite Countertops
Finally, let’s talk about polishing those gorgeous granite countertops! Once you’ve tackled the cleaning part, it’s time to give your surfaces the extra shine they deserve. Polishing countertops should not be overlooked.
To start, ensure your countertops are dry and free of any cleaning residues. Grab a granite-specific polishing solution or create your own by mixing isopropyl alcohol with water. Now, take a soft, clean cloth or a microfiber pad and apply the polishing solution in small, circular motions. Don’t be shy; give those countertops some love!
As you polish your installed granite, the surface will start to gleam and reflect light. Remember, regular polishing not only keeps them looking stunning but also helps protect and extend their lifespan.
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Achieving gleaming granite countertops has never been easier! With our ultimate step-by-step guide on how to clean granite, you can now confidently maintain the timeless beauty of your kitchen’s centerpiece. From clearing off the counters to applying the perfect granite-safe cleaner, we’ve covered it all. Remember, Granite Selection is your go-to expert in all things granite, and we’re here to help you every step of the way.
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Yes, although granite is durable, you’ll want to avoid placing hot pans directly on the granite surface and never use acidic items like vinegar or lemon juice for extended periods.
Yes, sealing granite is essential to protect it from stains and moisture. We recommend reapplying a granite sealer every 1-3 years, depending on usage.
The time it takes to clean granite countertops depends on their size and the level of dirt and stains. Generally, it takes 15 to 30 minutes for routine cleaning and up to an hour for deep cleaning and polishing.
Paul Batashev is the owner and CEO of Granite Selection. The company began in 2011 Pay Less for Granite and has been transforming homes since 2011 with its expertise as a kitchen countertop company and manufacturer of fine custom granite countertops.