Cleaning Granite Countertops: What To Know
Granite is a popular choice for kitchen and bathroom countertops. This durable material adds style to your countertops and is simple to maintain. At E&B Granite, we can create custom granite countertops for your home. We can also help you learn how to keep your counters in the best condition. If you’ve chosen granite countertop installation for your home, here are some things to know about cleaning your counters:
Use Simple Cleaning Products
Granite is a strong, low-maintenance rock that comes in many colors and patterns. To keep this porous material in good condition after granite countertop installation, we seal the stone to create a waterproof barrier. This seal limits the amount of damage, stains, and general wear on the countertop. Standard cleaning solutions and chemicals like bleach can be too harsh on the granite’s sealed surface and slowly wear it away over time. Avoid naturally acidic cleaning ingredients like vinegar or citrus oils. Instead, opt for a simple mixture of dish soap and water. Create a soapy mixture and scrub the counters with a rag or sponge. Then wipe off the soap with a wet towel and allow the surface to dry. This gentle cleaning process is simple and can help keep your counters in good condition.
Prevent and Remove Stains
You may be able to prevent most stains on your granite by using coasters or wiping up spills immediately. If your counter has a tough stain, you may be able to treat it with designated granite stain treatments or a baking soda paste.
If your soap and water mixture doesn’t lift the stain, try making a paste from baking soda and water. Add water to a few tablespoons of baking soda until it forms a spreadable paste. To remove tough stains, apply the paste directly to the countertop, cover it with plastic wrap, and allow the paste to dry completely. Taping down the edges of the plastic wrap can help the paste fully soak into the stain. After the paste has dried, wipe it away with a soft cloth or sponge. Then rinse and dry the area.
If your granite counters have multiple stains that you can’t remove, contact E&B Granite for help. We can give you advice or perform maintenance on your counters to help restore their original beauty.
Clean Your Counters Daily
Some homeowners may worry that cleaning their granite counters too often may wear the stone surface down prematurely. When you clean your counters with gentle solutions, daily cleaning is not harmful to the granite. Dish soaps that don’t have acidic ingredients can keep your counters clean without damaging them. You can also use soft cleaning materials like sponges and microfiber towels to further protect your countertops while cleaning.
Get a Quote for Granite Countertop Installation Today
Granite is a popular, strong, and durable material for kitchen and bathroom countertops. It is a low-maintenance material and comes in a variety of colors to match your design preferences. Keep your granite counters in great shape for years by cleaning them daily using a gentle soap and water mixture. If you are considering a custom granite countertop installation or need maintenance services for your granite countertops, contact E&B Granite today for a quote.