Many people have their own methods of cleaning granite countertops in northern MN. It could be as simple as using Windex to wipe down your surfaces, though there is a lot of debate among people about whether that is a good practice.
There are, however, certain pieces of advice all stone experts can agree on. Here are some of these tips:
- Make sure the countertop is sealed: Granite is a hard surface and significantly less porous than marble, but it still needs to be sealed to prevent the stone from soaking up spills and stains. If you are unsure whether the stone is sealed, here’s an easy test: put a few drops of water on the surface, and if it beads up then the surface is sealed.
- Never use harsh chemicals or abrasive materials: We mentioned Windex earlier, but most stone experts are of the opinion that you should not use Windex or any acidic cleaners (vinegar, lemon, lime, ammonia, bleach) to clean granite surfaces. Frequently using these chemicals will be tough on the sealant over time. Additionally, abrasive pads and sponges can also break down that sealant and leave marks.
- Wipe up spills whenever you see them: The longer you let a spill sit on a countertop, the more likely it will do some damage to the sealant or leave behind a stain.
Granite countertop cleaning instructions
Here is a specific set of instructions for cleaning granite countertops. You’ll need the following ingredients to get the job done: warm water, dish soap, a dishcloth and a clean microfiber cloth.
- Wet your cloth: Dip your dishcloth into warm, soapy water. The soap you use should be mild, and the cloth should be completely clean before you use it.
- Wipe the countertops: There aren’t any real tricks here; just wipe off the countertops and get rid of any spills or crumbs you see. Make sure you get the entire surface.
- Dry with a microfiber cloth: Using this type of material will help you to avoid leaving any streaks behind.
- Disinfect the surface: This step is optional, but should probably be done at least somewhat periodically. You can disinfect the countertops and remove soap residue by mixing a 50:50 water/isopropyl alcohol solution. Spray it on top of the granite countertops and let it sit for a few minutes before you rinse it off with water and dry it off with your microfiber cloth.
Once you’ve completed all of these steps, you’ll have a wonderful, beautiful, shiny and clean countertop that you will be able to enjoy. You’ll be surprised at just how satisfying having a clean and shiny countertop can feel!
These are just a few tips and tricks to thoroughly clean off your granite countertops in northern MN. For more information about the services we provide at L & L Granite Countertops, we encourage you to reach out to us today and we will be happy to answer any questions you have for us.