Granite is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful materials you can have for your kitchen. But whether you already have an existing granite worktop or are still planning on having one installed for your kitchen, it is important for you to know how to properly clean and maintain it so it can stay beautiful for a long time to come.
Basic, Regular Cleaning
Whilst granite is known for its heat-resistant properties and its durability and strength, granite also requires a bit of regular cleaning (just like other materials). You want a granite worktop to remain free from scratches and stains and to remain shiny and polished as well.
For basic, regular cleaning of your granite worktop, you should start with dusting it every day. This is so no residue or dirt has the chance to accumulate. Every time you use the worktop, you should make it a point to wipe it down with a clean, damp cloth. For more comprehensive cleaning, you can mix water with non-acidic dishwashing liquid or soap – simply rub the mixture directly onto the surface and wipe it away with a clean cloth rather than washing it.
Regularly cleaning your granite worktop also involves using a cleaner (be it a commercial or a home-made one) and wiping it on the worktop’s surface. When buying a cleaner or making one, however, stay away from products like vinegar (or other acid-based products or ingredients) that can harm your granite worktop and eat away at its surface. Wipe your granite worktop at least two times weekly to help keep it looking shiny, fresh, and new.
The type of cleaner to use for your granite worktop
No Acidic or Abrasive Properties
When you are trying to look for the best cleaner for your granite worktop, there are some factors that you should keep in mind. As previously mentioned, cleaners which have acidic or abrasive qualities are not recommended for granite worktops, as they can end up degrading the precious stone. What you can do instead is to look for a specific cleaner specially-designed for granite or marble, which will most likely have a good pH level that is ideal for your worktop.
When using this cleaner, simply spray it on the surface and wipe away after a few minutes with a clean, damp, and soft cloth. To be completely sure that your chosen cleaner is the right one, spray it on a smaller area or spot first and see if there is any bad reaction on the surface. If there is none, then you can use it for the entire surface of your worktop.
If you want to protect your granite worktop even further, especially from scratches and stains, you can also make use of a sealer that can provide additional resistance from spills, stains, and any dirt or residue, especially from food. Note: choose a sealer that is water-based, as granite can be susceptible to staining and etching.
Get Professional Help and Advice
Of course, if you are not too sure about how to clean and maintain your granite worktop, you can always seek help and advice from professionals. You can start with asking for guidance in granite worktop cleaning and maintenance from your chosen granite installer, who is sure to have the right information for your needs.
Granite worktops are a great addition to any kitchen – and if they are properly cleaned and maintained, they can easily transform your living and working space and make your home stand out in many ways.