How To Care For Your Granite

If you've just upgraded your counters with granite, don't be intimidated with how to keep it clean. It's fairly easy to keep clean; you just need to get into a new cleaning routine, as granite needs to be cleaned differently than countertops such as laminate. Cleaning and maintaining your granite countertops properly will keep them looking shiny and like new for a number of years. See below for care tips.

Daily Cleaning

Granite is porous, so it can soak up even the slightest spill and cause your granite to stain; this includes water spots. Be sure to wipe off your countertop after each use with a microfiber cloth, especially around your sink to clean up water spots. For a slightly deeper clean, use soapy water and a soft sponge to wipe off your granite. Be sure to rinse any soap off with clean water and dry it with a clean, dry rag. 

Yearly Cleaning

For a much deeper clean, take just a few minutes out of one of your days each year to really clean your granite and to apply a sealer to keep your granite shiny and free of stains. Follow the instructions below for a deeper clean.

  1. Clean everything off of your countertops so you have access to your entire counter surface.
  2. Clean your granite as you would in your daily cleaning routine, using soap and water. 
  3. Using acetone (found at your local hardware store) on a rag, wipe down your countertop, including the drop edge. This clears up any grime leftover after cleaning with soap and water. You'll want to work in smaller sections.
  4. Next, use a granite sealer and apply it to a different rag. Wipe it on the area where you just applied the acetone. Allow it to sit for about a minute, then wipe it off with a clean, soft rag.
  5. Move to another section and repeat the last two steps until you have cleaned and sealed your entire countertop.

Dos and Don'ts

With granite, it not only needs to be cleaned differently, it needs to also be handled differently. See below for a few things you should and shouldn't do with your granite.

  • Do Use A Trivet. Use a trivet under hot pots and pans. Never allow anything hot to sit on your granite, as it can cause your countertop to crack.
  • Do Use Coasters. Use coasters beneath your cups, bottles or cans. If any of these have condensation, it can cause water spots to stain your granite.
  • Do Blot Spills Immediately. If something spills on your granite, be sure to blot at the spill immediately to prevent it from spreading further. Wipe it clean with soapy water, then rinse and dry it thoroughly.
  • Don't Sit On It. Never sit on a granite countertop. You can cause it to break under heavy weight.
  • Don't Use Harsh Cleaners. Cleaners such as bleach, ammonia, tile or glass cleaners all have a place, but your granite is not one of them. These harsh cleaners can stain or damage your granite.

Granite should not intimidate you; just be sure to clean and maintain it properly to ensure it will look it's best for years to come.