Cleaning Granite

Best Cleaning Solutions for Granite Countertops

Granite countertops really make a beautiful statement in kitchens and bathrooms.  However, over time, the beauty can begin to fade if the stone is not kept cleaned properly.  Here are three of the best cleaning solutions for keeping your granite countertops sparkling!

 1.  Solution for Daily Cleaning

From surface dust to daily grime, having a “go to” cleaning solution for general daily maintenance of your granite countertops is extremely important.  Our favorite is a super simple solution that only requires water and two other ingredients!  Here is the recipe:

1 Cup of warm water
1/4 C. of rubbing alcohol
5-6 drops of liquid dishwashing soap

Directions: Mix thoroughly in a spray bottle, or bowl/bucket.  Spray on or dip rag into solution and then wipe.

 2.  Solution for Tough Stain Cleaning

No matter how careful and clean you are, the odds are good that you will need to remove a tough stain from your granite countertop at some point in time.  Here is an easy solution, using baking soda as the main ingredient, along with the directions for mixing it.

Water Based Stain Solution
1 Cup of Baking Soda (also called sodium bicarbonate)
5 Tablespoons of liquid dishwashing soap
¼ Cup of Hydrogen Peroxide

Oil Based Stain Solution
1 Cup of Baking Soda (also called sodium bicarbonate)
5 Tablespoons of liquid dishwashing soap
¼ Cup of Water

Directions: Combine baking soda and liquid soap and slowly add in peroxide or water ingredient until it is a thick gel consistency.  Spread over the top of the stain and cover with plastic wrap.  Allow mixture to sit for 24-48 hours before wiping clean with warm water.

 3.  Solution for Mold or Mildew

Because granite is a popular countertop material for kitchen and bath, it is possible that mold or mildew could develop over time.  To remove these types of contaminants and stains from your granite countertop, here is a simple solution to try!

1 Cup Warm Water
1 Tablespoon Bleach

Directions: Thoroughly mix the bleach and water together.  Sponge on surface and wipe off.  When finished, wipe entire surface with warm water to fully remove solution.

 Additional Tips

  • Avoid using cleaning products or tools that are abrasive or gritty to prevent scratching of granite countertop surfaces
  • Avoid using cleaning solutions that contain acids, such as vinegar, as they can dull countertops and diminish beauty
  • Remove spills and stains as quickly as possible
  • Be sure to regularly have your granite countertops resealed, as part of regular maintenance

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