Cleaning granite countertops has become an issue for most ladies. At first, it sounds like wiping the tables or the ceramic walls, but when you start the actual job, you find unpleasant results that depend on the use soap or cleaner.
So, how to clean granite countertops?
The common technique of cleaning granite countertops is using warm, soapy water and a soft sponge with a microfiber cloth. You simply dip the sponge into the water and wipe the countertops then rinse the sponge with water and clean the remaining foam with water. After that, a microfiber cloth is used to dry the countertop.
This technique is nice, but the results depend on which chemicals exist in the soap and how fine the countertop is. The hard countertops, which are usually well-varnished, will stand the simple chemicals and remain sparkling. The un-glazed or cracked countertops may absorb the soap into the cracks or develop eroded spots in darker color.
To avoid a severe damage with cleaning there are some tips to follow, to make sure you are on the right way.
First, make sure to use no-chemical cleaner, or at least a balanced PH cleaner, and never use the bleaching liquids or window cleaners. If you don’t know which type to use, it is better to choose fine dish soap and drop only a few drops in the cleaning water. Also make sure to rinse quickly with water until no soap is left, and dry the countertop at once.
Inspect the cracks or scratches by running the palm of your hand on the granite. If you sense any irregular or rough spots, it is better to get the countertop repaired and sealed before cleaning.
If there is no chance to get it repaired quickly, just use a microfiber cloth to wipe down the countertop with warm water, at least twice a day, to keep it clean. By following this technique and removing the stains as soon as they form, you will maintain the countertops and granite floors as well.