Cleaning Your Granite Countertop February 18, 2015
Grainte Countertop Maintenance
After many years you have finally upgraded your kitchen and installed granite countertops. Congratulations! Now that they have been installed how do you plan to keep them looking nice? Yes, maintenance is always a hot topic when it comes to purchasing new items. Therefore with such an investment in your kitchen it is important to protect it and extend its life for years to come.
Contrary to popular belief it is not difficult to maintain a granite countertop. Before we get into the “how” of cleaning your countertops here are a few other items to consider.
A Few Insights
- It is important to ensure your granite countertops have been sealed. although this material is not as porous as marble you do run the risk of it soaking up oils, spills, and possibly staining if left unsealed.
- You never want to use abrasive cleaning aids or sponges on this type of surface. In addition do not use products such as bleach or ammonia.
Cleaning Your Countertops
- Prior to cleaning remove all appliances and excess dust.
- Prepare a bucket of warm soapy water to use as a solution to wipe off the countertops. To create your own non-abrasive solution combine a mild liquid dish detergent with some rubbing alcohol and mix well. Using a soft or microfiber cloth immerse into the solution, wring out any excess fluids and use the moist cloth to wipe down the counter.
- For more stubborn stains you can use baking soda as a natural cleaning solution. Using a baking soda based mixture can work for both water and oil based stains. By adding a cup of baking soda, five tablespoons of liquid dish soap and either hydrogen peroxide (water base stains) or water (oil based stains) until the solution has a yogurt like quality.
With very little effort you can maintain the integrity of you newly installed granite countertops. So enjoy and contact Lexmar USA today if you have any additional questions or concerns.