Granite countertops have been one of the hottest — and priciest — kitchen trends of late, but you can’t keep their shine with whatever you’ve got under the sink. Here’s how to clean granite countertops.
• What makes granite so shiny is a sealant that keeps it from absorbing spills and stains as easily as marble, which is much more porous. However, you still should clean up any messes as soon as possible, using warm water and a mild dish soap. These two products you surely already have on hand can be used for regular counter cleaning as well.
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• Just be sure to thoroughly dry the counter surface to avoid any water damage or streaking.
• Do not use vinegar or cleaning products with bleach or acidic ingredients like citrus as they can weaken and dull the sealant.
• For an extra clean, you can make a solution using equal parts water and isopropyl alcohol.
• Avoid using coarse pads to clean as they can scratch the surface of granite countertops. Opt for soft cloths instead.
• You should be able to find granite cleaners wherever you buy your normal household cleaning products. Many companies, like TriNova and Method for example, offer two-in-one products that cleanse and polish for an easy, one-step cleaning.
• Should your countertop get stained, which may happen as the sealant breaks down over time, you can use a paste made with water and baking soda to gently scrub the spot with a soft cloth. To clean a water stain on the countertop, BobVila.com suggests adding a little hydrogen peroxide to the paste.
• Even with gentle and frequent cleanings, you should expect the normal wear and tear found with other kitchen countertops. The DIY Network said to expect to reseal granite countertops every two to four years, but suggests the job, ironically, is one that shouldn’t be DIY, but left to a professional.