Since the start of the millennium, granite has increasingly become a favourite countertop for kitchens and washrooms. It is less porous than marble, which makes it less prone to soaking up spills and causing permanent stains. It is also resistant to bacteria, which is why it is ideal for kitchen washroom surfaces. Nonetheless, it is still important to clean it regularly to keep countertops in pristine condition. Here is how you can clean granite countertops effectively:
Prepare the surface
Before you start cleaning your granite countertops, clear it of debris and appliances so that you can clean every inch of it. Wipe away sticky residue and spills immediately to prevent stains. Use a hot, wet cloth if there is caked on substances. Run your hand over the counter to ensure all crumbs have been wiped off. Because granite is usually multicoloured, it can be difficult to see whether the surface is spotless with the naked eye alone.
If you are just doing your weekly cleaning, then soapy water and isopropyl alcohol are all you need to clean granite countertops. Start by wiping the surface with warm, soapy water. Then, use a solution that is half water and half isopropyl alcohol. Do not use window cleaner, bleach, or vinegar on granite as it can dull it and weaken the seal over repeated use. Avoid using abrasive pads as well or risk leaving scratches. One of the many advantages of granite is that you do not have to purchase specialty cleaners. Mild soap and hot water will do the job just fine.
Use a paste made of baking soda and water to remove stains from granite countertops. Scrub the stain gently with a soft cloth and the paste and rinse thoroughly. It may take a while to get out stubborn stains. For especially tough stains, put the paste on the area and cover it with plastic wrap and tape the edges. Let it stand until the paste dries – this could take a few days. Use a soft cloth to wipe the paste off once it dries, then finish by rinsing with water.
To add shine back to a granite countertop, use a clean cloth soaked in a little bit of cooking oil and buff the surface gently. Doing so will make the surface glossy and more stain resistant.
Even if you are diligent about keeping your granite countertops clean, you will still need to reseal it every few years. Regular use will wear down the sealant, leaving your granite surfaces susceptible to stains and becoming dull.
Call a pro
Resealing granite countertops is better done by trained and experienced professionals. Ideally, you should reseal them every two to four years depending on how much they are used and how frequently you clean them. Knowing the correct way to clean your countertops will make the sealant last for years to come.
Quantum Granite Corporation is the Quartz, Granite & Marble specialist, providing the perfect countertops for your Kitchen, Bathrooms, fireplaces & Commercial needs. Call us when your countertops look like they are in need of resealing. Our experienced professionals will leave your granite surfaces looking stunning. You can also visit our showroom at Edmonton, Alberta.