Are You Wondering How to Clean Granite Countertops Safely?
You may be wondering how to clean granite countertops safely. Granite is a great countertop material because it is hard and durable, not to mention it’s intense, natural beauty. However, granite does require a little bit of maintenance in order to keep it looking its best. In addition to periodic sealing, you want to ensure you properly clean your granite.
With granite you should not use harsh, household cleaners or chemicals unless they specifically say that they are safe for use on granite. For example, Windex Multi-Surface Cleaner mentions it is safe for use on granite. The problem with using regular household cleaners on your granite is that they can:
- Damage the stone
- Dull the stone
- Break down the sealer
- Leave a film
It is safer to use a granite-specific cleaner, which can be bought from your granite specialty store or hardware store. These include options such as:
- Spray and wipe granite cleaners
- Granite wipes
- Daily stone cleaners (which should be neutral and specify that they are intended for daily use)
- Monthly spray polish
If you don’t want the hassle or expense of a specialty cleaner you can certainly use a mild dish soap and water on your granite. Some people find that dish soap will leave a soapy film on their granite. To avoid this, you can simply use a micro fiber cloth. Consider using a clean, soft wet cloth to wash your granite followed by a clean, soft cloth to dry. This will remove any film caused by the dish soap that you use.
It is also a good idea to wipe up or blot spills immediately. If you find that water is no longer beading on your granite then it is time to seal it again. For tough granite stains contact a specialist like NuStone Transformations for advice. We can teach you how to clean granite countertops quickly and safely.