Can you Use Household Cleaners For Your Granite Countertops?
There is a lot of conflicting advice out there about taking care of granite countertops.
You should know that caring for your granite is not as complicated as you might think. In fact, it is quite easy when you know what to do.
Granite is an intensely beautiful stone that has unique patterns and colours. It’s natural beauty makes it a popular choice for home owners.
It is true that granite does require some maintenance in the form of periodic sealing in order to keep it looking it’s best.
Of course, ensuring that you properly clean your granite is also important to increasing it’s life.
Granite Cleaning Tips
Never ever use harsh, household cleaners or chemicals on your granite countertops, unless they specifically say that they are safe for use on granite.
The danger of using a regular household cleaner on your granite countertop is that they can:
- Damage or dull the stone
- Break down the sealer
- Leave a film
Your local granite specialty store or hardware store will most likely sell specialty granite cleaners.
These will be designed specifically for the care of specialty stone like granite. There are a variety of specialty granite cleaner options, including:
- Spray and wipe granite cleaners
- Granite wipes
- Daily, neutral stone cleaners
- Monthly spray polish
Specialty cleaners for granite can be a hassle to buy and are expensive. These are not your only option. If you don’t want to use a specialty cleaner for your granite you could certainly use a mixture of mild dish soap and water.
If you are worried about the dish soap leaving a soap residue on your granite all you have to do is wipe the counters with a micro fibre cloth to remove the residue.
A few other cleaning tips include:
- Always using a clean, soft cloth to clean your granite
- Wipe up or blot spills immediately
Water that no longer forms beads on your granite is an indication that your granite needs to be sealed.
Depending on how you use your countertops and the type of food that you cook you will need to seal your granite a couple of times a year or just once a year.
Granite can occasionally stain. For tough stains contact a specialist like NuStone Transformations.
We can give you advice about proper techniques for the best care of granite countertops.