Are your granite countertops in Northern Minnesota in need of a good cleaning? If so, do not worry—we’ve got you covered!
Granite is a highly desirable material for kitchen countertops. With a little responsibility and care, they can easily stay beautiful and functional for decades, but you will need to be considerate about how you clean—and how you do not clean—your granite countertops.
With that in mind, here is a rundown of how you ought to be cleaning your granite countertops. Hopefully this helps you keep your counters in good condition!
- Clear the space first: Before you start cleaning your countertops, you will need to clear them of any debris or appliances. It’s important to clear off your appliances so that your countertops can get fully clean, and dust and dirt don’t collect under the microwave, toaster and more. Wiping crumbs, dirt and other debris off is necessary to avoid scrubbing them into the counters, which could cause damage.
- Homemade formula: You do not want to use just any old store-bought cleaning product when cleaning granite, as these can include harsh chemicals. Instead create your own formula by filling a small bucket with warm water. Then, add three parts dish detergent and one part rubbing alcohol. Mix it, let it cool a bit and you’ve got an ideal cleaning solution for your granite.
- What to avoid: Even if you do not mix your own formula, you will want to avoid these things at all costs when cleaning your granite countertops: vinegar, ammonia, lemon or other high-acid substances. Granite is tough, but acid is its kryptonite—too much acid can wear away at the surface of your granite countertops.
- Clean white cloth: You might be tempted to use any old rag when cleaning, but when it comes to cleaning granite countertops, not all rags are created equal. You will want to use a clean white cloth when cleaning those counters. This is because you don’t want to add more dirt or corrosive materials to your counters while cleaning them. Keep a few cloths on hand specifically for this job, so they do not get dirtied during other chores.
- Buff and dry: After the cleaning job is done, you will need to make sure your granite counters are completely dry. Wet granite countertops can easily become dirty again. Use a microfiber cloth that will absorb all the moisture, rather than a regular cloth that can easily become soggy.
- Consider baking soda: If your countertop has a serious stain that isn’t being fixed by the homemade formula, consider getting it out with baking soda. One cup of baking soda, five tablespoons of vinegar and a little water creates a thick, yogurt-like solution that is perfect for getting out stubborn stains.
Have more questions about granite countertop maintenance? If so, please feel free to get in touch with the team at L & L Granite Countertops for more information anytime! We are proud to be your source for granite countertops in Northern Minnesota.