HOW TO: Clean And Maintain Granite Kitchen Countertops
Every homeowner's dream is a shiny and well-maintained granite kitchen countertop. However cleaning may be challenging, but with the help of this guide will ease your cleaning problems quickly and efficiently.
Follow this guide from Wilcon Depot to properly maintain your granite countertop to ensure its use for years to come:
What cleaning materials do you need?
Cleaning cloths: Microfiber cloths or paper towels are highly recommended when cleaning your granite countertop because they avoid streaks or unnecessary scratches. You'll need at least two, one for applying the disinfectant soap and washing off and the other for drying the counters afterward.
Water and soap: No need for specialized chemicals when regularly cleaning; wipe them with water and soap. A milder soap like the dish soap in your kitchen is advisable to avoid damaging the surface.
Disinfectants: Cleaning does not mean the same thing as disinfecting. Remember disinfectant solutions. If none, a 50/50 mix of water and 70% of isopropyl alcohol will do. It will remove soap residue and restore the shine of your countertop.
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Ensure your granite kitchen countertop is sealed before the cleaning
Usually, granite tiles are sealed after installation, but it needs to be resealed every once per year to maintain their color and texture. Ensuring that the granite kitchen countertop is sealed is essential to prevent unexpected damage by the cleaning chemicals.
Clear your countertop
Move your kitchen appliances to clean all the crumbs and other debris that accumulated and hid on your kitchen countertop.
Mix the cleaning solution and spray
If using a homemade cleaner, mix one tablespoon of dish soap or liquid detergent with 2 cups of water and pour the mixture into a spray bottle. Spray the cleaning solution. Make sure that the mixture dampens everything.
Wipe the solution
Grab your microfiber clothes to spread the solution and wipe down the counter. Continue wiping until the area is clean. Reapply the cleaning solution and wipe it if there's still dirt.
Rinse it throughly
Rinse the counter thoroughly with water. Then, use another dry cloth or paper towel to dry the counter.
Use disinfecting products to sanitize the counter. Regular sanitation is good, especially before and after cooking since the kitchen counter is high-touch.
Protect your granite countertop and avoid doing the following:
Avoid using steel wool and other abrasive scrubbers if you have to remove tough stains to prevent streaks or unnecessary scratches.
Avoid using bleach or any acidic cleaner because it could discolor the surface.
Don’t sit on your countertops. They are hard but not flexible.
Don’t place hot pots and pans directly on the surface to lessen the chance of damage.
Don’t leave stains and spills. Instead, immediately clean as you go when making meals, no matter what kind of counter you have in your kitchen. Doing this can avoid accumulation, cloudy conditions, and even stains.
Shop for all your kitchen countertop cleaning essentials at all Wilcon Depot and Wilcon Home Essentials stores nationwide.
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