Granite kitchen countertops are one of the most popular options amongst US homeowners. The material is not only elegant and stylish, but also very durable, which gives the kitchen countertops a long life. However, not many homeowners know that proper cleaning and maintenance is a vital part to ensure its longevity. Granite countertops are likely to become stained due to rough use and frequent spills. Yet they can be easily cleaned using specialized cleaning agents and maintained in good shape for years. Below is how home cleaning services recommend cleaning granite countertops.
Cleaning Granite Kitchen Countertops
Mix a few drops of mild liquid dishwashing soap in warm water and do the general countertop cleaning with the homemade cleaning solution. Gently rubbing granite countertops with a soft cloth dipped in the warm soap solution would help to remove the usual dirt and grime buildup from its surface.
Make a habit of wiping the countertop clean with a soft microfiber cloth every day. You should also wipe the accidental spills from granite countertops as quickly as possible with a clean cloth dipped in warm soapy water, so that there is no sticky residue left on them. If the spill has set, you can use a clean rag dipped in hot water to scrub and remove it.
Prepare a specialized granite cleaning solution with rubbing alcohol and water, and disinfect the countertops with the homemade cleaning agent. Mix one part water with one part isopropyl alcohol (91%) to make an effective cleaning solution. You can also add a dash of essential oils, such as lavender, cinnamon, basil, orange, lemon, or peppermint, to make it a fragrant cleaner.
Spray the entire surface of the granite countertop with the homemade disinfecting solution, let it sit for around 3 to 5 minutes, and wipe it clean with a soft cloth. Doing it every few days would be more effective in keeping the kitchen space free from germs.
Every time you clean granite kitchen countertops, make sure that they are dried properly before placing the appliances on them again. Dip a soft cloth in warm water, wring it well, and wipe the countertop surface again to pick up any cleaning solution left on it. When done, use a dry microfiber cloth to polish the granite countertop.
Avoid using commercial disinfecting or cleaning solutions that are acidic in nature for granite kitchen countertops. Ammonia, lemon, or vinegar-based cleaning agents can damage the granite surface, but citrus-based essential oils can be used safely on the countertops. Similarly, stay away from cleaners that contain bleach for cleaning granite material.