People are often confused about how they should properly clean and disinfect their granite countertop. It's common to worry about abrasive chemicals putting scratches in the stone or dulling its shine. After all, even though granite is extremely tough, it is susceptible to acidic formulas, such as lemon, vinegar, and ammonia. So, to avoid the need to have your granite countertop replaced or repaired, check out these cleaning tips.

Daily Cleaning

Well-sealed granite countertops are actually fairly impervious to bacteria. So, you don't need to use a strong disinfectant when you clean. Instead, wipe down your countertop at least once per day using a clean dish cloth, mild dish soap, and hot water. Then, dry the countertop with a microfiber cloth to avoid streaks. As long as you clean up spills as they happen, dish soap and hot water should remove the mess along with any bacteria resting on top of the counter.

Disinfecting

You don't need to disinfect your granite countertop on a daily basis. In fact, if you wash it regularly, a strong disinfectant isn't needed at all. However, if you want to use a disinfectant on your countertops, you can as long as it isn't an acidic cleaner. Instead of purchasing a special granite cleaner, try making your own simple cleaning solution.

  1. In a clean spray bottle, combine one part warm water and one part rubbing alcohol.
  2. Put the cap on the bottle, and shake gently to mix the ingredients together.
  3. Spray a small amount of the clean on your granite countertop, and allow it to sit for a few minutes.
  4. Wipe the countertop with a wet dish cloth to rinse the away the cleaner.
  5. Dry your countertop with a clean, dry microfiber cloth to prevent streaks.

Even though you don't need to disinfect your granite countertop often, using a mixture of warm water and rubbing alcohol to clean your countertop will wash away any built-up soap residue. So, if your countertop seems dull, and you've only been using a mild dish soap and water to clean it, use the rubbing alcohol and water mixture to make the countertop shine.

As long as you avoid using harsh chemicals and acidic cleaners to clean your granite countertops, you don't need to worry about scratching the surface or dulling the shine. Simply wash your countertops with water and dish soap daily, and occasionally use a water and rubbing alcohol mixture to keep your countertops clean and shiny. For more information, contact companies like All Marble Granite & Tile Imports Inc. 

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