Granite countertops are a beautiful addition to any home. Because it’s a natural stone, granite has one-of-a-kind patterns unique to each slab of stone— adding a special flair to your home.
It’s important to note that due to granite being a natural stone, there are some extra precautions and steps you should be taking when cleaning your granite surface. We have created a guide to help you clean your countertop in the safest way possible without risking damage to its polished exterior.
All the Do’s and Don’ts of Cleaning Your Granite Countertop
Do: Blot and Wipe Up Spills As Soon As Possible
So acidic fluids such as coffee, tomato sauce, wine, soda, citrus, and other fruit juices won’t etch granite the way they do marble. However, pigmented substances— no matter how deep the color— and oils will very quickly stain the surface of your granite countertop. This is due to the porous nature of granite in its being a natural stone.
Don’t: Clean with Generic Cleaning Products
Generic cleaning products such as glass cleaners, bleach, and other degreasers are fine for general, everyday use— but keep them away from your granite countertop. These household cleaners contain a myriad of chemicals, including acids and alkalis, that are too harsh for the granite sealer (and will degrade it over time). This will leave the granite even more vulnerable to staining.
Do: Clean Granite Surfaces with a Soft Cloth or Sponge
It’s important to use a gentle material— along with a gentle and specially-formulated granite cleaner— to clean your countertop while protecting the sealer. You can also use hot water to clean up if you’re in a rush.
Don’t: Use Ammonia, Vinegar, Orange, or Lemon as Cleaners
As we briefly mentioned before, it’s best to avoid using harsh acidic substances on your granite countertops. In general, it’s best to avoid any substances that haven’t been recommended directly by the manufacturer. When in doubt, stick to a soft cloth or sponge and warm or hot water.
Do: Use Coasters When Drinking Beverages
Since granite is a little more sensitive than other countertop materials, it’s best provide it extra protection when choosing to place a glass of wine, a beer, a can of soda, etc. on the countertop.
Don’t: Sit or Stand On Top of Your Granite Countertop
Granite, quartz, and marble are all hard surfaces— but unlike laminate countertops, they aren’t flexible. This means that too much pressure on their surface can cause a crack.