Granite countertops are among the easiest stone surfaces to take care of, yet they still have a list of do’s and don’ts to remember. With a proper granite seal and good daily cleaning habits, granite counters can remain stain-free and smooth.
At Sandifer’s Stone and Tile Care, we recommend sealing granite at least every few years for the best results and easiest maintenance.
1. Start with a Granite Sealer
Save your granite from stains and save yourself from difficult scrubbing by beginning with a proper granite seal. This creates a semi-impermeable finish so food and drink stains take longer to set. When cooking or entertaining, it helps to know that your granite has been sealed within the last year or two, so stains won’t set in quickly!
2. Use Gentle Cleaning Products
While many typical all-purpose cleaners are approved for granite, stone maintenance experts all agree that you should avoid heavily acidic or alkaline products like bleach, glass cleaner, or citric acid cleaners. Diluted dish soap or a mix of water and isopropyl alcohol in a spray bottle are great, neutral solutions to keep on hand.
3. What About Special Granite Cleaners?
By all means, use one of the granite cleaning sprays that are now readily found at retailers. They’re not necessary, but they certainly work well. If nothing else, having a granite cleaner in the cabinet might prevent a family member or guest from grabbing the wrong cleaning agent to clean up a spill.
4. Scrub Gently, Too
The best way to scrub granite is with a dish towel or microfiber cloth. Sponges work fine as long as you are not using an abrasive dish scrubber. Paper towels can be scratchy compared to cloths, so avoid the habit of regularly cleaning with paper.
5. Don’t Go Overboard with Hot Dishes and Cutlery
Thankfully, it’s okay to put a hot casserole dish or cooking pot directly on granite. Make this a matter of convenience, however. When not in a rush, you should still use trivets for hot dishes. It’s possible for a sudden heat wave to crack granite. Similarly, while you can cut directly on granite, it’s best to use cutting boards. This prevents potential scratching and also protects your knives from dulling.
6. Use Baking Soda for Stains
Baking soda works well on water, wine, grease stains and more. Sprinkle the baking soda on wet granite and gently work up a foam or paste with a soft cloth. Then cover the area with plastic wrap and let it sit overnight before wiping it off.
Granite Repair & Restoration in Charlotte, NC
When granite has already been stained, chipped, or cracked, a thorough granite countertop restoration treatment can give your stone a new lease on life. Damaged granite becomes more susceptible to stains and mildew. Honing, polishing, chip repair, and a fresh seal can make it like new.
Need granite maintenance and repair in the Charlotte, NC area? Get a free estimate for granite countertop cleaning and sealing by Sandifer’s Stone and Tile Care.