Granite kitchen countertops have remained very popular since the early 2000s. This natural stone is beautiful, resists bacteria and staining, and gives off a lustrous shine. Just remember, granite has unique cleaning requirements, including the need to reseal it occasionally. Keep your natural stone counters looking great for years to come with this guide on how to clean granite countertops.
Seal the Granite
If the countertop is not sealed, you’ll want to take care of that first.
Most granite countertop installations come with a layer of sealant. This protects the natural stone for a while, but the sealant wears away over time. The trick to keeping your granite countertops clean is to reseal the stone every two to four years. You know it’s time to reseal your counters when it becomes difficult to wipe up spills.
It’s possible to seal granite countertops yourself, but you’ll enjoy better results if you hire a professional to clean and reseal the stone on your behalf.
How to Clean Granite Countertops
With a properly sealed countertop, you’re ready to start cleaning. Follow these tips for daily upkeep:
- Don’t use harsh chemicals, acidic cleaners, or abrasive scrubbing tools: Stick with warm water, mild dish soap, and a soft microfiber cloth. Steer clear of vinegar, which can dull the granite and weaken the sealant—though there are plenty of other ways to clean with vinegar around the house! Also, avoid abrasive scrubbers that could scratch the stone.
- Wipe up spills as soon as possible: Granite isn’t as porous as marble, so it’s less susceptible to soaking up oils and stains. Still, you should wipe spills immediately with a soft cloth as a simple preventative measure.
- Clean with warm water and a couple drops of dish soap: Wet a cloth and apply a bit of soap to the countertop. Wipe the entire surface once to clean it and a second time to rinse it.
- Consider using special granite countertop cleaner: Check the cleaning aisle at your grocery or big box store for granite countertop cleaning products. It’s not necessary to use special cleaners—warm water and soap work just fine—but this is an option if you wish to utilize it.
How to Remove Stains from Granite Countertops
Daily cleaning is enough to keep your granite countertop in good shape most of the time, but if you spill something and it leaves a stain, you need to do a bit more deep cleaning. Remove the mark from your countertop without damaging the natural stone by using these tips:
- Apply a baking soda paste: No matter what you spilled, odds are baking soda can help remove it. To clean an oil-based stain, make a baking soda paste with water. If you’re dealing with a water-based stain, mix the baking soda with hydrogen peroxide.
- Apply the paste generously over the stained area: Gently scrub the counter with a soft cloth and rinse thoroughly. Repeat as needed.
- Tackle tough stains: If repeated scrubbing doesn’t remove the stain, reapply the paste, cover the area with plastic wrap, and tape the edges down. Leave the homemade stain remover in place overnight or even for a few days. Then rinse and wipe the granite with a soft cloth to hopefully reveal a stain-free surface.
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