How to Clean Granite
Prized for its good looks and durability, granite remains a popular choice for countertops, floors, and backsplashes. Employ these care and cleaning techniques to ensure your granite surfaces retain their natural beauty.
The Dos and Don'ts of Cleaning Granite
Do: Blot up spills immediately.
Acidic substances like wine, coffee, fruit juices, tomato sauce, and sodas will not etch granite like they do marble, but they could potentially stain the surface. Cooking oils may also leave a stain if not wiped up.
Do: Clean surfaces using a sponge or soft cloth.
Using a specially formulated natural stone and granite cleaner like this Granite & Marble Cleaning Spray is recommended to keep your tops in the best condition and protect the sealer, but hot water will do for quick clean-ups.
Dish soap won't permanently damage your granite, but repeated use of soap will cause build-up and dull your countertop's shine. So, using dish soap for regular granite counter top care is not recommended.
Do: Use coasters under all glasses, bottles, and cans.
Again, granite won't etch and using coasters on dense and/or properly sealed granite is not an absolute necessity like with marble, but using coasters is just a good practice to protect all bath and kitchen countertop surfaces.
Do: Use trivets and hot pads under pots & pans.
Yes, you can take a hot pot off the stove and put it right on granite countertops without any problems. It is possible for granite (or any stone or quartz) to suffer "thermal shock" and crack, but rare. You don't really want to put hot pans on any other surface save soapstone.
Do: Use cutting boards.
Again, avoid the possibility of scratching the surface and protect your knives. Cutting on stone will dull and damage your knives' edges quickly.
Do: Dust mop your natural stone floors regularly.
Use a clean, dry, non-treated dust mop. Some people choose to use a vacuum cleaner. But be real careful. Worn parts or grit jammed by the wheels may scratch the surface.
Do: Use door mats inside and out along with runners and area rugs.
Grit, dirt, and sand carried in by our shoes are abrasive and will wear down and scratch the surface. Clean the rugs regularly.
Don't: use vinegar, ammonia, lemon or orange as cleaners.
Again, most common and name-brand household products are not good for cleaning granite countertops (and definitely cannot be used for marble, travertine or most other stones)
Don't: use bathroom, tub & tile or grout cleaners.
The powders and even the "soft" creams contain abrasives that will scratch and dull surfaces.
Don't: sit or stand on your countertops.
Unlike laminate countertops, granite, marble and quartz countertops are very hard, but not flexible and they DO NOT have a plywood backing so too much weight in one spot could cause a crack.
Don't: store liquids or toiletry products directly on your countertop surface.
Cooking oils, hair products, perfumes, colognes, nail products, creams, lotions, and potions have a tendency to spill or leak and go overlooked.