Granite cleaning and sealing is horribly misunderstood.
Stone fabricators and stone sales people all too often have no clue about cleaning granite or proper maintenance of the stones they sell and install (and seal!).
Their tips on granite countertop cleaning leaves something to be desired.
This is obvious when they recommend generic cleaners or home-
Care and Precautions
Certain habits can eliminate maintenance issues with your natural stone and granite countertops. Use coasters under all glasses, particularly those containing alcohol or citrus juices.
Many common foods contain acids that can dull or etch the surface of many calcium based stones. Use trivets or mats under hot dishes and placemats under china, ceramics, silver, or other objects that can scratch the surface.
Granite counters don’t usually need the same care as other stones.
Blot the spill with a paper towel immediately. Don’t wipe the area, it will spread the spill. Flush the area with plain water and mild soap and rinse several times.
Dry the area with a soft cloth. Repeat as necessary. If your granite was not properly sealed and you get a stain, refer to Stain Removal Procedures to remove it.
Can you clean granite with glass cleaners like Windex?
The fact is, glass cleaner can permanently damage granite counters. The damage caused is mostly pitting and dulling of the surface and it doesn’t happen right away.
What’s more, if your particular “granite” is a stone that needs to be sealed, the impregnator/sealer itself can be damaged by the glass cleaner eliminating its ability to block stains.
See details on sealing natural stone.
Stone Wipes are convenient and easy to use! –
How about a little dish soap and water for granite countertops cleaning? Would that damage your granite?
No, it wouldn’t, but think about this . . . Try washing your hands with water and dish soap, then put them under running water and see how long until they are rinsed off well.
To have such a thorough rinsing of your granite countertop, you would need to use a garden hose!
So, what happens if you decide not to use a garden hose to rinse your countertop?
It’s simple –
In the beginning you won’t notice it, but as you keep cleaning your countertop this way, the soap film will build-
There are companies out there that invest considerable amounts of money to formulate specialty granite cleaners that are safe on all natural stone. Why do they do that if any glass-
If you have cleaned your granite tops with dish soap, you can restore dull granite with MB-
So what should you use for cleaning granite countertops?
NEVER use home-
NEVER use generic cleaning products (such as glass cleaner, etc.), unless their label specifies that are safe on natural marble ALWAYS use cleaning agents that are specifically formulated to deal with the unforeseeable makeup of natural stone.
The idea of having to buy specialty cleaning products for your natural stone countertops may be somewhat annoying, but it’s your best bet if you care about your investment.
Restore granite shine by removing soap film buildup
As a fabricator and installer, we always degreased countertops and gave them their final cleaning with denatured alcohol.
Denatured alcohol, it turns out, does wonders for cleaning granite and cutting through film buildup on your counters prior to sealing granite.
The result is the original shiny surface.
Cleaning granite countertops should only be done with specialized cleaners, not Windex or ammonia. The best performing product we have found is MB Stone Care MB-
You should clean your counters daily using a specialty product for stone, such as MB-
Do not use products that contain lemon, vinegar, or other acids on marble or other calcareous stones. See Marble Care for instructions of cleaning marble. Do not use scouring powders or creams; these products contain abrasives that may scratch the stone.
Granite care and cleaning is simple and not time consuming. You should never even need to deal with stains and your granite will look great year after year.
Platinum Plus Granite Care Kit
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