People often ask about the care and cleaning of their granite surfaces. How often to clean it? How to clean it? How often it should be resealed?
In this post we will cover how to properly clean your granite surfaces.
Prepare the Area:
Clean up any spills or residue as soon as possible. The sooner you clean up spills the less chance there is of staining. If the spill has already set, use a hot, wet rag to loosen and remove any caked on debris and dirt. Use a wet soapy rag to give the whole counter a good once over.
Mix your Cleaner:
Be sure to stay away from acidic cleaners that contain any of the following; vinegar, bleach, lemon or any other acid. Fill a bucket (or your sink) with warm water. (Filtered? all the better!) Mix in a mild ph balanced soap and some rubbing alcohol. (Rubbing alcohol has a pH level of 7.0, as mild as water!) Mix thouroughly and allow it to cool down. The mix should be warm, not scalding.
Wash the Surface:
A clean white cloth is most effective. You want to select something that is free of excess fibers that could be left behind on the surface. Micofiber clothes are a fantastic option! Soak the cloth in the cleaning solution and wipe down thoughroughly. Re-emerse and wring out thouroughly before wiping down a second time.
Buff and Dry:
Most cleaners leave streaks so you will want to dry immediately to really get that perfect shine. Use a different dry cloth (again, microfiber is optimal) to dry and buff the surface. A wet or damp cloth will still leave streaks, so be sure to get a different cloth if the first becomes too saturated.
Stay tuned for more about the care and cleaning of your granite surfaces...