How To Clean Granite In 3 Steps
In this article, you will learn how to take care of granite and maintain it over time
One of the biggest advantages of granite furniture is that it is extremely easy to keep clean. The beautiful stone is known for being durable. However, it is still necessary to know how to care for granite and take the proper maintenance steps - especially avoiding things that have the potential to stain or ruin your granite. So how do you clean granite? The best granite cleaner is likely already in your home.
Step 1: Understand How To Clean Granite
Clean with warm water and mild dish soap - use a washcloth (microfiber works great), or a 50:50 solution of water and isopropyl alcohol. After cleaning, rinse again with water and dry the area with a new dry cloth. Drying is essential because not only will it help prevent water stains, but it will also add shine – the perfect solution to dull granite! The best way to clean granite that has food caked on is to use a plastic scraper.
Step 2: Know What To Avoid And Take Preventive Measures
Vinegar, acidic products, lemon, bleach, ammonia, Windex (they will slowly eat away at the granite or the sealant), pads or anything that are too abrasive.
Being extra careful is another part of knowing how to care for granite. Although granite is heat resistant, repeatedly placing hot pots or dishes can cause staining, or cracking in cases with extreme temperature changes (placing a hot item on a cold granite surface). Be sure to place those hot items on trivets, rather than directly on the granite. Use coasters for drinks.
Step 3: Know How To Deal With Stains
"Does granite stain?" is a question we come across frequently. Yes, granite can be prone to staining, but there are easy ways to prevent it. Blot and clean spills immediately to avoid staining. The longer the spill sits on the granite, the more likely it will stain. Prevent water stains on granite by always keeping the area dry. Also do a test by sprinkling a few drops of water on the surface. Does the water look like it's absorbing, and darkening the granite? If so, you need to reseal it.
Sealing granite is important because it will help prevent stains from happening. It is still possible for stains to occur with sealed granite, but the possibility will decrease significantly, especially while following proper maintenance and cleaning methods. Typically, it is recommended to seal granite once a year, but it depends how much it is being used. It is always a good idea to do the test. If you are sealing an area where food will be used, it is essential to ensure that the sealer is non-toxic and safe for use.
How to get stains out of granite: Combine baking soda and water to remove the stains. Make sure you scrub gently with a soft cloth, then rinse and dry the area. When it comes to getting stains out of granite that are more tough, make a thick paste with the baking soda and water and apply it to the stained area. Cover with plastic wrap and secure the edges with tape. Let it sit for 24 hours, then remove the plastic wrap and let the baking soda dry. Once it is dry, scrape off gently with plastic scraper and clean the area with a soft damp cloth, then dry. A water stain on granite can be buffed with dry #0000 steel wool.