Granite is a favorite for kitchen and bath countertops for its natural beauty and ability to resist scratches, heat, stains, and more.
Still, this workhorse of a stone requires careful, regular cleaning to maintain its glossy sheen. Follow the steps below to ensure that your granite always looks as good as the day it was installed.
What you’ll need:
• Microfiber Cloths
• Mild Dish Soap
• Soft Sponge
• Baking Soda
• Hydrogen Peroxide
• Plastic Wrap
Step 1: Wet a soft, clean sponge and squirt a little mild dish soap on its center. This is all you need for regular cleaning.
Step 2: Massage the sponge and wring out any excess water. You don’t want too much water on your granite countertop as the stone can become discolored beneath standing water.
Step 3: Gently wipe across the entire countertop in small, circular motions, giving dried-on food a little more attention until it loosens.
Step 4: Dry your granite countertops completely with a microfiber cloth to protect it from water damage and leave the surface shiny and streak-free.
How to Remove Stains
If you’re dealing with a water stain, mix baking soda with a small amount of hydrogen peroxide in a small bowl until it forms a thick paste. Spread the mixture over the stain, cover with plastic wrap, taping down its edges, and let sit overnight. Then rinse and wipe clean. For an oil-based stain, mix the baking soda with water into a paste and proceed as above.
Protect Your Granite
Most granite is protected by a layer of sealant upon installation, but that sealant only lasts for so long. If you’re noticing that stains are getting harder to remove, you may need to have your granite re-sealed.
Certain cleaning products can etch, dull, and even weaken the sealant. Stay away from acids such as vinegar or citrus, bleach, ammonia or ammonia-based cleaners, steel wool, and scrubby sponges.
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