How to Keep a Granite Countertop Clean and Protected

Granite countertops can lift an ordinary kitchen into the realm of the extraordinary. Unlike laminated countertops, granite is tough and long-lasting. If looked after properly, granite countertops will outlive the rest of the kitchen. But if you want your granite countertops to continue looking as beautiful as the day they were fitted, you need to treat them with respect, and that includes using the right cleaning solutions and techniques.

In this article, we are going to discuss the steps to properly clean, seal, and polish your stone countertop. Stone countertops are beautiful as well as durable but will get damaged if not properly cared for. He will discuss which granite cleaning products you need, and how to avoid damaging the lustrous finish of your granite counters.

STEP 1: Cleaning Granite

A solution of dish detergent and warm water is a great everyday cleaning solution. Soak a lint-free cloth in warm, soapy water and wipe down your countertops. Steer clear of abrasive sponges when cleaning a granite countertop, as they might mark the surface and dull the shine.

How to Keep a Granite Countertop Clean and Protected

A solution of dish detergent and warm water is a great everyday cleaning solution. Soak a lint-free cloth in warm, soapy water and wipe down your countertops. Steer clear of abrasive sponges when cleaning a granite countertop, as they might mark the surface and dull the shine.

Whilst hot, soapy water is a great all-purpose cleaning solution, there will be times when you want to disinfect your kitchen counters, for example, if you have cats that enjoy roaming around the kitchen in search of food.

How to Keep a Granite Countertop Clean and Protected

Create your own disinfectant solution using a solution of 3:1 soapy water and rubbing alcohol. Mix this solution up in a handy spray bottle and apply with a soft cloth. Buff up the surface for a nice shine when you have finished cleaning.

There are a number of excellent granite cleaners available if you want a quick and easy way to clean your granite countertops. These are great, but if you’re in a hurry, a bit of soap, water, and elbow grease will do the trick.

How to Keep a Granite Countertop Clean and Protected

Cleaning Mistakes

Do not use bleach or other harsh chemicals. Bleach may kill 99.9% of all germs, but it will also weaken the sealant you worked so hard to apply and in time, your granite will end up looking dull and lifeless.

STEP 2: Sealing Granite

Granite, like stone and marble, is a natural material. As such, it is porous and, therefore, must be sealed on day one. Because granite is porous, it absorbs water and oils. However, there are many different types of granite and some are more porous than others.

How to Keep a Granite Countertop Clean and Protected

Test your countertop before you seal it. Add a few drops of water juice in an inconspicuous area. Repeat with oil and then lemon juice. Watch how long it takes each droplet to penetrate the surface.

How to Keep a Granite Countertop Clean and Protected

When looking to seal your granite tops Look for a granite sealant. Buy the best one you can afford, as the more expensive products generally do a better, longer-lasting job. The best quality granite sealants contain fluorocarbon aliphatic resin. These provide several years of protection. Cheaper products are oil-based. They do the job, but your countertop will need re-sealing every year. Follow the instructions on the product’s label and wait for 24-hours before using the countertop.

STEP 3:  Polish Granite

After your granite is well sealed you will want to polish your granite. Polishing before sealing your granite countertops is an often mistake people make.

How to Keep a Granite Countertop Clean and Protected

Polish will maintain the original shine and natural beauty of the granite stone. It will also reinforce the protective seal on the stone surface. Polishing your shower or tub will hep prevent soap scum build-up.

Do not use polish on your floors or steps because the polish will make the stone surface a smooth and slippery.

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