How To Clean and Care for Granite
We often get asked how to care for granite countertops. We’ve compiled tips to help you keep your granite fresh and new by understanding the correct way to clean granite countertops.
A good philosophy to follow when cleaning granite: less is more. Be gentle with your granite, it is not indestructible. Always dry off standing water on your granite countertop to ensure streak-free countertops.
Step 1 – Water Only
It is amazing what a microfiber cloth with water can do. Clean up the fingerprints, smudges, crumbs, and spills with a rung-out wet microfiber cloth.
Step 2 – Water and Dish Soap
If a little more attention is needed, use a little dish soap mixed with water. Grab an empty spray bottle and make your own mixture. Make sure you wipe any remaining dish soap with water as the residue left behind may cause a cloudy appearance.
Things to Avoid
- Do not use vinegar, lemon juice, or other cleaners containing acids or abrasives such as bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners, or tub and tile cleaners on granite.
- Read the labels on your hand soap and dish soap.
- Don’t leave oil, coffee, wine, or dark pigmented liquids on your granite, as they may eventually stain your granite.
- Avoid using metal knives and utensils directly on the granite countertop, as the metal may wear down the sealer applied and dull your knives. Use a cutting board when cutting.
- Prevent stains by wiping up spills in a timely manner. Remember, sealer works well to resist stains from penetrating, but eventually can absorb if left on long enough.
Step 3 – If a Stain Occurs
Stains can occur on granite. If you cannot remove the stain with steps 1 or 2, a poultice paste may help draw out the stain. There are a variety of poultice pastes on the market, or one can be mixed with common household products. Since stone’s porosity can vary, we would advise you to contact us to discuss your stain and options for removal.
If you prefer to use a pre-mixed cleaner, there are many safe granite cleaners on the market. It is important to always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines.