The Do’s and Don’ts of Cleaning Granite Countertops

Use this use that, there is a lot of controversy over what should and shouldn’t be used to clean granite countertops.

So what should you actually be using to clean your granite countertops? In this article we’ve put together a checklist for you to follow when it comes to cleaning your granite countertops.

First and foremost make sure your granite countertop is sealed. Unsealed granite will soak up anything that is spilled on the countertop. Put a few drops of water on the granite, leave it there for a few minutes. If you come back and see that the water is gone and soaked into the granite it is time for the stone to be resealed.

Don’ts for cleaning granite countertops:

  •  Don’t use abrasive sponges on the granite.
  •  Don’t use Windex on granite.
  •  Don’t use Vinegar on granite.
  •  Don’t use lemon or lime on granite.
  •  Don’t use anything with ammonia or bleach on granite.

Using the materials above frequently will actually cause the sealant on your granite countertops to weaken over time.

Do’s for cleaning granite countertops:

  •  Wipe up spills as soon as you notice them.
  •  Use warm water or gentle dish soap to clean granite.
  •  Use a washcloth or microfiber cloth for daily cleaning of the countertop.

You may not think dish soap and hot water are enough to thoroughly clean your granite countertop but they are actually completely fine for sanitizing. If you still aren’t convinced a 50:50 solution of water and isopropyl alcohol is a stronger solution suitable to be sprayed on granite. Allow it to sit for 5 minutes, then rinse the granite with water, and dry.