Granite countertops have been a staple in luxury kitchens for years. No two slabs of granite are exactly the same, so granite countertops bring a unique charm to every room they occupy. Because granite is a very hard, natural stone, it’s easy to forget that it is also porous and can be stained by coffee, oils, or other common kitchen substances. Here are some tips for deep-cleaning your granite if discoloration sets in.
Make sure your granite has a good seal. Some countertops come pre-sealed, while others require annual re-sealing for the first few years. If you’re not sure what type of sealant your countertop has, call the manufacturer. They will be able to assist you.
Also, know what not to clean your counter with. Anything acidic (which includes citrus or bleach-base products) can eat away at the sealant and cause staining. Daily cleaning can be done with only a damp cloth and mild dish soap.
Disinfecting Your Countertop
Disinfecting granite is easy. Fill a spray bottle halfway with rubbing alcohol, and halfway with distilled water. Spray down your counters and allow the disinfectant to sit for about three minutes. After the time is up, simply wipe everything with a soft cloth. Your granite will be shiny and sanitary once more!
Removing Stains from Granite
Baking soda is your friend when it comes to stain removal. If you suspect that the stain came from an oil-based substance, create a paste of warm water and baking soda. Apply it to the stain, and let it sit for 2 – 4 hours. Then clean it up with a damp cloth and a few drops of dish soap. If the stain was caused by something water-based, like coffee or cola, repeat the above process, but substitute hydrogen peroxide for the water.
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