Caring for Granite Countertops
How to Clean and Maintain Them
Granite countertops are one of the most gorgeous, resilient, and strong additions that can be made in your home. Just like any other surface in your kitchen, a granite countertop needs cleaning and maintenance. With a few simple tools and materials, you’ll ensure the beauty of your granite for years to come.
Gathering the Right Tools and Materials
- Baking Soda
- Warm Water
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Dish Detergent
- Microfiber Cloths
- Cooking Oil
Protecting and Preparing the Countertop
Before proceeding to clean the countertop, you need to first test the cleaning solution on the granite. Dampen a microfiber cloth with the cleaner and rub the cloth against a less visible part of your countertop to determine how the solution reacts with the stone. Some cleaning solutions such as vinegar and acidic cleaners may cause your granite countertop to etch and become dull.
To prepare the countertop for cleaning, clear it of any debris, sticky residue, or spills by wiping the surface with a microfiber cloth dampened with warm water.
Washing the Countertop
Prepare a soap solution by mixing the warm water with the dish detergent. Apply the solution on the countertop surface using a microfiber cloth. Allow the solution to sit on the surface for a few minutes and rinse/wipe clean the surface with warm water. Dry the surface by bloating with a dry microfiber cloth to prevent the formation of water stains. Examine the counter for any stains and repeat the process to ensure the surface is stain-free.
Removal of Stubborn Stains
The stains may fail to disappear after repeating the washing process. Depending on the nature of the stains, the following tips may help to remove them:
- For water-based stains, mix the baking soda with the hydrogen peroxide and apply the solution to the surface. Wipe the surface with a microfiber cloth.
- For oil-based stains, prepare a paste of baking soda and water. Apply the paste over the stains and allow the paste to sit on the surface for a few hours before rinsing the surface with warm water. Wipe the surface with a dry microfiber cloth to prevent water stains.
- If the stains still fail to go away, apply the paste to the granite surface and let sit overnight. Rinse the surface thoroughly with warm water and dry it to complete the process.
Buffing the Granite Surface
Polishing your granite countertop after cleaning makes the surface shiny and helps to prevent stains. To do this, dab a small amount of cooking oil onto a microfiber cloth and wipe the surface evenly.