How to Clean Granite Countertops Like a Rock Star

April 2, 2018

Granite is the rock star of countertop design. It has a high bacteria resistance and is one of the easiest hard surfaces to clean. Getting the grit off granite is easy but you can’t use just anything. So, grab your microfiber cloth and your elbow grease, because we’re going to go over what you need to clean those granite counter tops.

What you will need:

  • Soft sponge
  • Mild dish soap
  • Warm water
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Spray bottle
  • Baking soda
  • Hydrogen Peroxide

Precautionary Steps

Before you get into the detailing, make sure that your granite countertops are sealed properly. It’s normal to have them resealed every three years or so, depending on wear and tear. Cleaners such as bleach or vinegar have high acidic contents and can create dullness and weaken the sealant over time. Keep away from harsh abrasives as well, because they can scratch the surface, damaging the sealant, and exposing the raw granite.

Basic Cleaning

There are quite a few granite cleaning products on the market like Granite CPR or Better Life Granite Cleaner. Here at Fabulously Clean, however, we like to save you money and time, so we have compiled our list of everyday items most likely found in your home.

You will need to mix your warm water and mild soap to a nice consistency. Also, combine a 50:50 mixture of the alcohol and water in your spray bottle for later use. Use your sponge and make sure it is squeezed properly so you avoid getting excess water on the counter. You can then wipe away any grease or other unwanted particles effortlessly. Make sure to rinse out the sponge occasionally so you’re not re-wiping the dirt onto the counter. After you’ve cleaned your countertop with the mild soapy water, make sure you have removed all the excess water from the granite with your microfiber cloth. Using the alcohol/water mixture you made earlier, spray the granite and wipe with the microfiber. The alcohol helps dry up any missed water and leaves the granite extra shiny.

Removing Stains

Stains can be intimidating at first because you don’t want to damage the granite, but don’t stress; we have you covered. If you want to remove a water stain all you need is a little baking soda and peroxide paste. Take the paste and using either the sponge or towel, rub it into the area of the stain, then cover with plastic overnight. With oil stains, you replace the peroxide with water and follow the same steps. The paste absorbs the oil or water overnight and using the cleaning process we suggested when removing the paste should leave the area shiny.

Call Fabulously Clean House Cleaning today and we can take care of the more detailed cleaning: (208) 608-4648.

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