Granite countertops are, in many ways, priceless. While they may cost an extra dime or so, they give your kitchen a sophisticated and classy look. Although these countertops may look fabulous when they are first installed, you of all people know they won’t stay that way, especially if you and your other family members use the kitchen and the countertops fairly often.
You’ll have to clean them every once in a while, and you’ll want to make sure you do so in a way that keeps those countertops looking as sophisticated as ever. There are many myths regarding the best way to clean granite. The following are some dos and don’ts when it comes to cleaning granite countertops in Northern, MN:
DO seal your countertop
A priceless and blemish-free granite countertop is one that has been sealed to protect the microscopic pores of the material. Granite itself is a very hard material and it may take a lot of ruin, however if it is unsealed, any spills or oils that happen on the countertop will soak into the material and stay there. How do you know if your countertop is sealed? Sprinkle some water on it. If it soaks into the granite, you need to consider a new seal. If it beads up on the surface, you’ve got a great seal on the countertop already.
DO wipe up and clean regularly
Even if the seal on the countertop isn’t the best, a good practice is to wipe up spills as soon as they occur and clean the countertops after you use them on a regular basis. When cleaning your countertops on a daily basis, warm water, a non-scented dish soap and a microfiber cloth are adequate. A microfiber cloth is best to avoid streaking. It’ll keep those granite countertops from looking worn.
DON’T use chemical-full cleaners
It may make sense to use a hard cleaner or an expensive cleaner for granite countertops, since they cost an extra buck and you want to keep them looking brand new, but you honestly don’t need to use the fancy cleaner. In fact, the simpler the product is, like warm water and non-scented dish soap, the better it is for your countertops.
Using aggressive cleaners like Windex or acidic cleaners or bleach will weaken the sealant over time, making spills and oils more likely to become a permanent part of your countertop. The harsher the cleaner, the quicker the sealant no longer becomes permanent. If you feel like water and dish soap won’t do the trick, the best solution is to mix water and rubbing alcohol. Spray it onto the countertop, let it sit for five minutes and wipe off with a microfiber cloth. Some people feel the need to buy special granite-safe cleaners. While you are more than welcome to spend money to do that, you certainly don’t have to.
It really only takes four steps to properly clean a granite surface: wet a clean dish cloth with warm water and dish soap, wipe away, dry with a microfiber cloth, and shine and disinfect with a water and isopropyl alcohol mix. For more information regarding cleaning granite countertops in Northern, MN, visit L & L Granite Countertops.