Granite is a porous material most commonly used in countertops and floors. Not only is granite very durable and scratch-resistant, but it also provides a high-end look. Granite withstands high heat better than laminates and comes in a wide variety of colors. Since granite is porous, it must be sealed once a year to keep it looking new and prevent stains. Be sure to wipe up spills, especially highly acidic ones, immediately to prevent discoloration or staining.
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Choosing a Cleaning Product
Many over-the-counter cleaning products are available on the market. When choosing a cleaner for granite, be sure that the product is recommended for use on natural stone. MB products are a good choice for sanitizing and cleaning natural stone in food prep areas. Don't use Windex, Murphy's Oil Soap, bleach, Pine-Sol or any other cleaner that is not recommended for stone, as it can strip away the sealer and damage or discolor your granite.
Cleaning Solution One
For quick clean-up, use 1 tsp. of soap with a neutral pH level, such as Dawn, and warm water. However, you should avoid using soap all the time, as soap can build up over time and leave a film on the surface, making it look cloudy.
Cleaning Solution Two
To clean granite and other hard surfaces in your home, use a solution of equal parts white distilled vinegar and warm water. The vinegar has an antibacterial effect so it will kill any germs naturally, without the use of harsh chemicals. It is also safe for use around food, children and pets.
For tough build-up, make a paste with baking soda and cover the stain. Let sit for five to ten minutes then clean the area with a clean, damp cloth.
Vinegar and baking soda are great natural cleaners and are safe to be used on almost any surface in your home if you dilute them properly.
Cleaning Solution Three
This recipe calls for 1/2 cup of vinegar with 2 cups of warm water. Add 3/4 cups of hydrogen peroxide. Mix in 20 drops of tea tree oil and 20 drops of lavender or lemongrass essential oil. Finally, add one teaspoon of pure castille soap. Be sure when using vinegar that the granite has been properly sealed.
Cleaning Solution Four
Using Dawn dish liquid, mix five or six drops, along with 1/2 cup of rubbing alcohol, in a bucket of warm water. Rubbing alcohol, which is most commonly used to clean granite in Europe, works well to clean the surface because of its antibacterial properties. Using a microfiber cloth on granite will help keep the surface from dulling.
Cleaning Solution Five
This solution calls for one teaspoon of Borax and 1/2 teaspoon of Arm and Hammer Regular Washing Soda (not Super Washing Soda) with one cup of hot water. Mix until the powders dissolve. Use soft cloth or mop to clean.