Granite countertop cleaning is not rocket science. It is a very easy and convenient process, given that you know what you are doing. While there are no secret granite countertop cleaning recipes, there are DIY techniques people use that can be damaging for their countertops.
First things first, you need to do proper research before you start cleaning your granite countertops. Sometimes, research can be very confusing too, leaving you perplexed about what’s right and what’s wrong.
To save you the hassle, we have shortlisted the products and techniques that can help you to maintain the countertops of your kitchen and bathroom.
Steer clear of:
Before you start your granite cleaning routine, you need to be aware of the DIY techniques that can be detrimental to your countertops. Remember, don’t ever experiment with these items:
- Your kitchen items like, Vinegar, lemon, baking
- Bleach, hydrogen peroxide, ammonia
- Acidic cleaners with a low Ph
- Citrus cleaners with lemon or lime
- Abrasive cleaners or rags
- Home-made soap water
These products can cause etching or staining on your granite countertop. The acid can cause cracks or pits and the abrasive rags and regular soap water use can dull the surface of the countertops. They are neither effective nor safe.
Best granite countertop cleaning products
Make sure your granite surface is sealed before you start cleaning it. But, it is to be noted that usually black granite doesn’t need sealing. A honed finish is more porous and thus more likely to need sealing. Remember to use acetone for cleaning your granite before sealing. Here, we have listed a few products that are ideal for a clean granite countertop.
- Cleaning spray for granite
- Granite polish
- Granite polishing pads
- Crack-repair kit
These are some of the products that are more than enough to ensure a clean, spotless countertop in your kitchen and bathroom. Using a cleaning
spray ensures a sparkling countertop. It’s also easy to use and hygienic for your home. It removes all the traces of stains without making the surface dull. Moreover, the granite polish can be used to enhance the shine of your countertop, which can become dull from continuous use.
Granite polishing pads are a great substitute for abrasive rags as they clean without leaving the surface etched or cracked. For any cracks on your countertops, as a result of applying pressure or weight, use a crack-repair kit easily available on the market. Don’t try DIY techniques to fix any cracks, it will have a dirty finish and would make your granite countertop dull and unattractive.