How To Clean Granite Countertops

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Granite is a type of natural stone that provides a luxurious yet natural aesthetic to the room in which it is installed, making it an ideal choice as a countertop material for many homeowners. However, despite their highly durable nature, granite countertops can become discolored, stained, and generally worn due to the foods and liquids that they are exposed to in everyday use. In order to maintain the appearance of your granite countertops for as long as possible, you need to make use of proper cleaning techniques.

General Cleaning

You can wipe up food debris and spilled liquid using regular hot water and soap. The sooner that you clean off the surface, the less likely it is that a stain will actually set into the granite. However, if there are general food stains on your countertop, you can use a mixture of baking soda and vinegar, mixed into a paste. Simply apply the paste to the area in question and let it finish bubbling, then let it sit for at least five minutes before wiping it away with warm water. This should be more than enough to get the most common types of stains out of granite.

Grease Stains

Grease stains can be easily removed from granite using a simple mixture of flour and regular cleaning detergent or dish soap. First, remove as much of the grease as possible using a plastic knife (to avoid cutting the granite) or a similarly shaped object. Simply combine the flour and soap into a paste, and apply it liberally to the stained area. Leave it to sit overnight before wiping it away and rinsing the area down.

Wine Stains

Wine is a little harder to remove, but still not impossible. You'll want to use different things depending on the shade of your granite: for darker countertops you can use acetone, whereas hydrogen peroxide is the ideal cleaning solution for lighter shades of granite. Simply apply a small amount to the stained area in question, and let it sit for fifteen to twenty minutes. Then, just wipe it up, taking care to ensure that all of the acetone or hydrogen peroxide has been removed so that it will not discolor another area of your counter.

Sealing

While not a general part of cleaning, you can proactively prevent stains and discoloration from setting into your counters by having your granite regularly resealed. The sealant helps keep liquids and food debris from being absorbed by the granite, which can help keep your granite counters looking as good as new.

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