How to Clean Granite Countertops

Granite countertops are a beautiful addition to any home and are ideal for kitchens and bathrooms. While granite is known for its unique character and its antibacterial properties, unfortunately, granite is also known for being a more difficult surface to clean. However, don’t despair–that doesn’t mean you can’t have granite in the kitchen; you just have to understand how to care for your granite countertops.

Materials You’ll Need

Cleaning granite countertops is pretty simple. Here are a few things you’ll need:

  • Dish detergent
  • Baking soda
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Warm water
  • Microfiber cloths

Protecting Your Countertops

Before moving forward with cleaning your whole counter, always test the cleaning solution paste on a less visible portion of the stone to see how it will react with your counters. You don’t want to ruin your counters by applying a paste that reacts negatively to them. Speaking of ruined counters, never use vinegar or an acid based cleaner on your granite as it will dull and etch the stone.

Basic Cleaning Instructions

The best way to clean granite countertops is by mixing a little dish detergent and warm water. Apply this soapy mixture followed by a thorough rinse. Then dry the surface with microfiber cloths. Note: It’s important that you dry the counter to avoid water stains.

Treating Stubborn Stains

If a stain settles on your countertop, don’t fret. You have a few natural options available.

  • Try creating a baking soda solution to take care of tough stains on your granite.
  • If the stain is water based, use a mixture of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.
  • If your stain is oil based, use a mixture of baking soda and water to form a paste. Spread your paste over the stained area and let sit for several hours.
  • For really tough stains, you can leave the mixture overnight. Then rinse and dry the following morning.

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