HOW TO CLEAN GRANITE COUNTERTOPS ON A DAILY BASIS
Fancy cleaners aren’t necessary for cleaning granite counters on a daily basis. You really only need three things: Warm water, mild dishwashing liquid
To clean your counter, simply mix the water and soap in a bucket or your sink and apply with the microfiber cloth. As you clean, you’ll want to rinse your cloth often with clean water. That way you’re not just pushing around suds and grime.
Now, here’s the really important part: After you’ve cleaned your counter, you need to dry it off with a fresh, dry microfiber cloth. If you don’t, you could end up with water stains in the stone, and nobody wants to deal with those.
And that’s how to clean granite countertops on a daily basis. Easy, right?
HOW TO DEAL WITH WATER STAINS OR OTHER STAINS
Have you heard the saying, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?” This absolutely applies when it comes to caring for granite countertops. Stained granite isn’t fun to deal with, so it’s best to do whatever you can to try to avoid it in the first place. For example, use coasters for drinks and wipe up spills—be they wine, water or soap—as soon as they happen.
If your granite is stained, however, don’t go running for generic stain removers, bleach or even oxygenated bleach. You may create a bigger problem than you already have.
PRODUCTS TO AVOID
As with any stone countertop, you want to avoid cleaning with vinegar or other acidic products, including commercial cleaners that use citrus oils or extracts. Using highly acidic products can wear away at the sealant, leaving your countertops looking dull and lackluster.
Additionally, acidic cleaning solutions can damage the stone itself, regardless of whether or not your counters have been sealed. This effect is called “etching,” and it can also be caused by acidic drinks like coffee, juices or sodas and even acidic foods and condiments, so be sure to clean spills immediately.
If you really want to clean your granite countertop with something other than dishwashing liquid and water, you’ll definitely need to read the manufacturer’s product recommendations.