How to Clean and Disinfect Granite Countertops
If you’re the proud homeowner of a beautiful granite countertop, you’ll want to do all you can to keep it looking pristine and glowing all year round. But when it comes to actually cleaning your countertop, what’s the best method? Does it require special care? Do you need to go out and buy a ton of products? Not necessarily. Your granite countertop might seem high maintenance, but in fact, it needs little more than a daily clean to keep sparkling and pristine. Read on to hear some of the best tips for clean granite and a sparkling countertop.
Find Out What You’re Working With
Before trying to clean your countertop, there are a few things to be aware of. Whether you’re using a high-grade material like NEKA Granite Marble Quartz or a standard grade granite countertop, you need to make sure it’s sealed before cleaning. A great way to test for whether or not your countertop needs to be resealed is to sprinkle some water on it. If the water soaks into the surface, you need to reseal your countertop before going any further. If the water stays on the surface, you’re good to go.
Granite is a highly durable substance. It also needs to be treated with great care. When approaching granite, resist the urge to attack it with a coarse sponge or abrasive cleaning materials. Your sealed granite countertop will already be resistant to soaking up bacteria and odor. However, if you try to clean your countertop with anything acidic or harsh like white vinegar or glass cleaner, you’ll be slowly breaking down your countertop’s seal. The more you use harsh cleaners, the quicker your granite will need to be re-sealed.
Keep It Simple
For best results, you don’t need to buy special granite cleaner or specific cleaner, though many are available and they certainly won’t harm your granite. When it comes to daily cleaning, you don’t need to go all out. Simply use a gentle soap to cleanse your countertop, and don’t feel the need to vigorously rub. If you have a gentle washcloth that isn’t too exfoliating, soak it with a bit of cleaner and gently wipe down your countertop daily. If you want to disinfect your countertop, using a diluted Isopropyl Alcohol and water solution can help kill germs and restore shine. This doesn’t have to be done every day. If you use the alcohol solution about once a month, it should be enough to keep your granite looking spot-free and shiny without breaking down the sealant.
Drying is Key
If you’re not a fan of streaks, never skimp on the drying portion of cleaning. Use a microfiber cloth, carefully dry your alcohol solution after rinsing. Try not to use anything more porous than microfiber. For instance, while a sponge might be great for spreading soap and cleaner evenly across the surface, older sponges can spread more bacteria than they help clean. Microfiber is a perfect, gentle solution for keeping your granite surface dry and clean.