How to Clean Granite Worktops

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Granite countertops make an attractive addition to any kitchen or bath and are a splendid way to increase the value of your home. While the variety of color and granulation make granite easy to blend into any decorating motif, granite is also a good choice for kitchen countertops because of its durability and resistance to heat and most acids. While some manufacturers claim to have the best products for cleaning granite, the countertop is actually easily maintained with items you probably already have in your home.

Things You'll Need

  • Very fine steel wool
  • Isopropyl rubbing alcohol
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Quart-size spray bottle
  • Soft rag
  • Polish out black or gray scuff marks with very fine steel wool.

  • Mix one-quarter cup of isopropyl rubbing alcohol and two drops of dishwashing liquid in a quart-size spray bottle. Fill the remainder of the bottle with water.

  • Shake the bottle to mix the solution; then spray the solution directly onto the countertop.

  • Wipe the countertop with a soft rag until clean.

Tips & Warnings

  • Wipe up spills immediately to prevent staining or etching. Apply sealant to the countertops per the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Do not use harsh chemicals on granite. Acidic ingredients such as vinegar can cause etching in the countertop's surface. Do not use your countertop as a cutting board or you will scratch the surface.

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