Granite is one of the most beautiful stones for custom countertops. It adds elegance and opulence to any kitchen. However, after you have installed granite countertops into your home, you need to take care whenever you clean them. We have created this guide to ensure that your kitchen countertops look beautiful and shining for years to come.
Don’t Use Acidic Cleaners on Your Granite Countertops
Many homeowners make their own household cleaners from vinegar or lemon juice. NEVER use these kinds of cleaners on your granite. These types of cleaners are acidic, and acid will react with the stone, causing what is called “Etching”. Etching will wear away at the stone. Your custom countertops will lose their beautiful shine and will become bumpy.
For an Everyday Kind of Cleaning
When you want to give your granite countertops a basic cleaning every other day or once a week, it shouldn’t be too difficult. Here are the basic steps:
- Mix a tablespoon of gentle dish soap with about 2 cups of warm water. (It isn’t an exact science so it’s okay if you use a little more or less water)
- Pour your soap mixture into a spray bottle.
- Spray your countertop with your mixture and wipe with a soft washcloth.
- Dry your countertops completely with a large absorbent towel.
- Disinfect your countertops with a 50/50 solution of water and isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol.
- Pour the alcohol solution into a spray bottle.
- Spray onto your granite countertops and let it sit for 3-5 minutes.
- Wipe with a clean cloth and rinse with clean water.
- Again, dry your countertops completely with an absorbent towel. Water spots can be especially apparent on your countertops so make sure it is completely dry and don’t let it air dry.
For a Deep Custom Countertop Cleaning
If you have noticed a serious stain, you may need to do some intensive cleaning using a baking soda solution. For water-based stains, mix baking soda with hydrogen peroxide until you have a nice, thick paste. For oil-based stains, do the same except with water instead of hydrogen peroxide. Spread the paste onto the stain/stains and let it sit overnight. You may need to let the paste sit longer for deeper stains. This type of cleaner is called a poultice, which you may be able already pre made at a home improvement store.
Caring for Your Custom Granite Countertops
There are many benefits this type of countertop. Granite’s incredible beauty is its most desirable trait. It is a solid choice for kitchen countertops because it is durable and an excellent work surface for baking and candy making. However, it does require extra care. You need to be careful whenever you cook or make anything with acidic ingredients. (Making fresh lemonade on your granite countertops is not a good idea unless you cover your countertop with a plastic sheet or a wood work surface) This is just one thing you need to consider if you choose granite for your kitchen countertops. If you do take proper care of your granite countertop, it will look beautiful for years to come.