Companies would like you to believe that you need special store-bought cleaners to make your granite countertops shine. Instead of spending all that money, you can make your own cleaner that work wonders on granite, leaving the surface of your counters streak-free and shiny. Use these tricks to clean your counters, and consider granite countertop installation in Cumming.


Before You Clean

First things first, is your granite countertop sealed? Granite it a porous material that will soak up liquids and oils, which can cause stains. If you leave a couple drops of water on the countertop and they bead, that means it is sealed. If they soak in, then it needs to be resealed. For this, you likely want to contact an expert in countertop installation in Cumming.


Regular Cleaning

Never use harsh cleaners such as vinegar, lemon, ammonia, or bleach on granite countertop. These solutions will weaken the seal on the granite. If you’re looking to disinfect the countertop, use water and soap daily. A sealed granite countertop should not harbor much bacteria, and should not need a stronger solution than soap and water for daily use. Also, avoid harsh cloths to wipe the surface down. Always use a microfiber cloth or nubby washcloth to avoid scratches, or weakening the surface.


Disinfecting

For thorough disinfecting, mix a 50:50 solution of water and 91% isopropyl alcohol and spray it on the countertop. Leave for three to five minutes, then rinse with water and wipe it down with a soft microfiber cloth. Microfiber absorbs more than a regular dish towel. It also prevents streaking.


Store-Bought Cleaners

You don’t have to buy a special cleaner, but there are granite-safe cleaners on the market if you prefer to go that route. Check to see that it is safe to use on granite if you use store-bought. Otherwise, granite countertop installation in Cumming will result in a countertop that lasts years with these cleaning tips. If you’re interested in other counter materials, consider marble countertop installation in Cumming.