If you have granite anywhere in your home, you know how important it is to properly take care of it. Natural stone is a beautiful addition to any space, especially granite slabs. Granite comes in many different colors and patterns, which makes it unique and versatile. Many people use granite in several different spaces because it has many positive features.
Choosing a natural stone is a great choice because it is incredibly durable. This is often something that people look for when selecting a countertop. Because it will be susceptible to lots of wear and tear, you want something that will stand the test of time when faced with cooking, cleaning, and eating. Since you are choosing such a unique and luxurious addition to your space, you want to be sure that you do not damage it when cleaning it. Here are some tips on how to clean it properly so it maintains its beauty for years to come.
Ways to clean your granite
First things first, you will want to stay away from glass cleaners, bleach, ammonia and acids like lemon and vinegar as those can strip the countertop sealant on your granite. You will also want to avoid using the rough side of your sponge or anything with an abrasive scrubber, as you don’t want to scratch your stone.
A great way to clean your granite countertops on a daily basis is with dish soap. You don’t want to put it directly onto the stone, instead, dilute it with warm water and apply it with a soft sponge or microfiber cloth. Another way to clean your granite is with a granite-specific cleaner, such as Method's Daily Granite Cleaner. You can apply this the same as dish soap. Lastly, you can create a 50/50 isopropyl alcohol and water mix. Spray the entire surface with this mixture, let sit for 3-5 minutes, and dry with a microfiber cloth or soft rag.
Removing stains from your granite
You may think because natural stone is so strong and durable, you don’t have to worry about staining, but that is not true. If you clean up any spills right away, any staining will likely be very minimal, but if you accidentally stain your granite slabs, there are some tricks to get rid of it and have it look brand new again.
If you notice a stain in your granite, you will need to use a poultice, such as baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. This type of cleaner is mixed with a white absorbent material that will form a paste. The cleaner will work to remove the stain and the absorbent material will collect it as it is removed from the stone.
The best way to use the poultice is to apply it to the stain at about quarter-¼ inch thick. You want to be sure to only apply it to the area with the stain. Next, you will cover the area with plastic wrap and tape the edges down. Leave it for 24 hours, uncover it, and let sit until the poultice is dry. Finally, use a plastic scraper to scrape away the paste. Clean as normal and your stain should be gone or significantly reduced.
Cleaning natural stone can feel tricky because you don’t want to damage it, but with the right knowledge, it is a breeze. If you have any questions about natural stone or want to check out our inventory, contact Firenze International today!