How to Disinfect Granite Countertops
Ever wonder how to disinfect granite countertops? Keeping your home properly cleaned can be an exhausting process. While we can’t offer tips for your entire home, these tips will help for keeping your granite countertops free of bacteria and dirt.
If you have granite countertops in your kitchen or bathroom, it is just as important to keep them clean as it is disinfected. Germs and bacteria are likely to live on these surfaces for a long time when left undisturbed.
The process below will help you to properly disinfect your granite countertops:
What You’ll Need to Disinfect Granite Countertops:
- Warm water
- Gentle dish detergent
- Soft dishcloth
- Clean terrycloth towel or microfiber cloth
- Spray bottle
- Isopropyl alcohol
- First, fill your sink with soapy, warm water and wet a clean dishcloth.
- Second, wipe down your granite countertops. The important takeaway here is to simply wipe away spills and crumbs. The disinfecting process will come later.
- Next, dry and buff your countertops with a terrycloth towel or microfiber cloth to avoid streaking.
- Then, make a 50:50 isopropyl alcohol and water solution to disinfect your countertops, restore shine, and remove residue. Make sure to use 91% isopropyl alcohol.
- Finally, spray the solution on your countertops and allow it to sit for 3-5 minutes. Then, rinse with water and finish the job with a microfiber cloth.
Before you disinfect your granite countertops, follow these tips for best results.
- Make Sure Your Countertops are Sealed: Although granite is a very hard surface, weakly sealed or unsealed granite will soak up spills, stains, and oils. To make sure your countertops are sealed, leave a few drops of water on the surface. If the drops bead up, your seal is tight. However, if the water soaks into the granite, it’s time to reseal the stone.
- Be Gentle: Always be mindful to use gentle dish detergent, warm water, and a microfiber cloth for daily disinfection wipedowns.
Granite countertops may be less porous than marble, but still avoid any abrasive and harsh sponges and cleaners.
Windex and acidic cleaning solutions like lemon, lime, vinegar, or anything with bleach or ammonia should be avoided. Frequent use of these harsh chemicals will weaken the stone’s seal over time.
Once the stone’s seal weakens or breaks, it will become extremely vulnerable to absorbing bacteria, stains, and spills. Therefore, be mindful that the harsher the chemical, the quicker your granite countertops will lose their seal.
There are a wide variety of granite-safe cleaners on the market for disinfection purposes. But, do you have to use these cleaners? Of course not. This guide works just fine without granite-safe cleaners.
You can choose to use these chemicals, although the more affordable and convenient option is to follow the instructions above.