Granite counter tops need you to be dutiful and careful when you are cleaning them, in order to give them the longest life possible. If you clean them wrong, you could end up damaging the surface, which would leave you facing having to have them refinished, resealed, or worst-case, new granite counter tops put in altogether. When you care for them right, and you use the right cleaners, you can extend the life of your granite counter tops for many years to come.
The very first thing you have to do when you are cleaning up your granite counter tops is to make sure you use the right type of materials. Microfiber cloths are able to pick up and remove the dirt and debris on your counters instead of pushing those materials along, which can scratch the surface. After the surface has been dusted off, you can then approach your counter with a cleaner to get it nice and clean.
The list of things you cannot use on granite is often larger than what you can use, so if you are not sure if your cleaner is safe, it is best to err on the side of caution and avoid using it until you know for sure. You need to avoid cleaners that contain the following:
What you want to be on the lookout for is a cleaner that is pH balanced. This allows the sealant on your granite counter tops to remain intact while you are getting it thoroughly cleaned. There are quite a few different dish soaps that come pH balanced, so those are often a safe bet. One of the easiest ways of making sure that your cleaner is safe for your granite counter tops is to make the cleaner yourself. Then there is no doubt whatsoever that it will be safe.
To make your own cleaner, you should first get yourself a squirt bottle that will hold at least one quart of liquid. To that bottle, you should add water to fill it nearly all of the way, and just a small amount of any dish soap that you are sure is pH balanced. Shake the bottle, and use freely on your dusted granite counter tops. For those who need to ensure that their counters are free of germs, adding in ¼ c. of regular isopropyl alcohol will give you that result. It will offer you granite counter tops that are completely germ-free, plus it will not leave any scratches or streaks behind! This combination also restores the natural beauty of the granite. Just make sure you are still using a microfiber cleaning cloth, as something as simple as paper towel can even be too rough for the granite’s surface.
Once you have dusted and cleaned your granite counter tops, make sure that you run your palm over the entire surface of the granite. Since it can be difficult to see those little tiny spots where residue or debris has been left behind, feeling the surface will ensure that you have gotten the entire counter top clean.
If you have been cleaning your granite counter tops regularly, and you notice the granite itself appearing darker when wet, it is likely time to reseal the counter. This should have been done at the time of installation, plus, it should be done every 6 months to a year following the installation, depending on how gentle you are. The more you use and clean your counters, the sooner that resealing is going to be necessary. The gentler you are when it comes time to cleaning your granite, the longer each seal is going to last.
When you first have your granite counter tops installed, the professionals should have explained to you how to maintain your new look. The experts at Granite Huggers are there not only to help install the counters you want, but to also help you learn how to keep them looking their best for many years to come. Should it be time to have your counters resealed, they can help you in that area, too. Call in the best when it is time to upgrade your kitchen or bathroom counter tops, and have the professionals with the experience and dedication you need by your side.