Granite is a material with excellent performance for use as a countertop. However, there are certain considerations when it comes to cleaning
A good kitchen counter is a great investment for any home. Granite countertops are very functional and resistant, and are also a very special decorative element for our kitchen. But we have to clean it properly so that it looks like the first day.
Unlike marble, granite is much less porous. Therefore, the probability of a product penetrating and staining the counter is less, but it is possible.
The above information is nuanced. Not all granites are equally porous, some are much more. In these cases, what is contained in this article is even more important. Other variables that can affect the porosity of granite are the type of finish, for example, whether it has been polished, or whether a finish has been applied to seal the pore.
To keep our granite countertops clean, it is recommended use only a microfiber cloth to remove dust from the surface.
The granite countertop can be cleaned daily with water and at least once a week we can clean it with a damp cloth and cleaner stone with neutral pH. A generic soap can even serve us and not necessarily for this material.
Useful tips for cleaning a granite countertop
- The key is prevention. Do not wait to check if a particular product stains your countertop or not. If something spills, clean it up as soon as possible.
- If there is a difficult stain, try a combination of water and baking soda. Rub gently and then clean with plenty of water. You may need to do this several times if the stain is especially persistent.
- Granite countertops are factory sealed and this sealer has an estimated duration of 15 years. However, over time, this layer is lost along with part of the shine. Therefore, it will be necessary to periodically reseal the plate. This will not only restore the initial shine, but also improve its stain resistance. In that case, it is advisable to go to a professional or bricklayer to recommend a good sealant or have him do it.
What to avoid
We should use never chemicals that can be abrasive for our granite countertops. Improper use of chemicals, such as bleach or chemical cleaning products, can damage our granite countertops and affect the structure of the stone and, of course, our health.
To remove grease or oil stainsTry making a dough or poultice with a cup of flour or baking soda and 5 tablespoons of washing powder. Add water until you get a creamy consistency similar to that of a yogurt. Place the dough resulting from this mixture directly on the fat stain and cover with plastic wrap overnight, then wash the dough and see how the stain will be removed from the countertop.
We will use Never metal sponges, scouring pads or steel wool.
When taking liquids, it is convenient to remove them with a microfibre cloth as soon as possible. We have to avoid acidic liquids like fruit juices and oily liquids. We have to avoid hot oil from pots or pans on our granite countertops. A correct finish of our countertop allows us to protect the granite porosity and there are different finishes for this type of surfaces.