Granite is used in the home in two typical places: countertops and flooring. In both cases, granite can be cleaned with the same natural methods. Granite should be resealed once a year to protect the pores of the granite and prevent stains from penetrating the rock. For daily maintenance, however, there are natural cleaning techniques.
Things You'll Need
- PH balanced dishwashing soap
- Steel wool
- Credit card
- Rubbing alcohol
- Spray bottle
- Soft cloths
Remove any caked-on stains or spills with the edge of a credit card. Scrape the card along the bottom of the spill like you are trying to lift it with a spatula. Gradually scrape away the spill until it is completely removed. The surface of the credit card will prevent any scratches from occurring on the granite seal.
Create a mixture of 1 quart of water, 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol and a few drops of pH balanced dishwashing soap. Most home supply stores sell pH balanced soaps in the dishwashing section of the store. The soap label will say whether it is pH balanced. Place this solution in a spray bottle and use to spray over the granite's surface.
Wipe the surface with a soft cloth, working in circular motions. If any stubborn spills remain, rub vigorously to remove. For any other spills, scrape away with a credit card.
Spray the surface of the counter with clear rinse water and buff dry. This prevents any residue from lingering on the surface of the granite and produces a glossy shine.
Scrape away black, gray or white stains with a steel wool pad. Wet the pad and gently rub over the surface of the stain. Most of the stain should lift with slight pressure. If you have to scrub harder, make sure to follow the process by buffing with a soft cloth to restore shine to the surface of the granite.
Tips & Warnings
- Never use acidic cleaners such as ammonia, vinegar or lemon juice on the surface of granite. These materials can eat away at granite, leaving it craggy and ruining the smooth finish.
- Do not use abrasive cleaners or powders to clean granite.
- Photo Credit granite image by Aleksey Bakaleev from Fotolia.com
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