Granite worktops, known for their timeless elegance and durability, can significantly enhance the aesthetics of any kitchen. To ensure their longevity and preserve their natural beauty, deep cleaning is an important aspect of maintenance. In this guide, we’ll explore the ins and outs of how to deep clean your granite worktop, covering everything from understanding the material to dealing with common issues and maintaining its lustre.
Materials Needed for Deep Cleaning
To deep clean your granite countertop successfully, you’ll need to use the necessary materials. pH-neutral cleaners are the best choice, as harsh chemicals can damage your granite surface over time. Soft, damp cloths and sponges are ideal for wiping and polishing your surface. Before you start to clean, ensure that you test any cleaning products on a small, inconspicuous area to ensure that they don’t leave stains/marks.
Cleaning your granite worktop surface
Apply your cleaning solution to the surface area and begin cleaning with gentle motions to prevent any scratching or scuffing. For stubborn stains, you may want to consider using a specialised granite stain remover, ensuring that they’re suitable for your specific worktop.
Sealing the granite
Granite, similar to most natural stone surfaces, is porous and can be stained by liquids and household cleaning products. To ensure the lifespan of your granite worktop is long, you need to regularly seal them so that spills and liquids don’t penetrate the stone.
Re-sealing your granite countertop means it will be easier to clean, as long as you stay on top of it. You can test whether your granite counter is sealed by applying a few droplets of water onto the worktop. If the water beads up, it is sealed, but if the water absorbs into the stone, you’ll need to reseal the surface.
Dos and Don’ts of Granite Worktop Cleaning
- Always use cutting boards and trivets to prevent scratches and heat damage.
- Wipe spills immediately to avoid staining and potential damage to the surface.
- Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive materials that can erode the granite over time.
- Refrain from using acidic cleaners, such as vinegar, lemon, or any ammonia or bleach, as they can damage the protective seal and lead to discolouration.
Maintaining Granite Worktops
Maintaining your granite worktop involves establishing a regular cleaning routine. This routine should include daily wiping and periodic deep cleaning sessions.
Ensure that you disinfect your clothes and sponges, as they become a home for bacteria and mould over time.
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When choosing a granite worktop, it is vital to have them installed and sealed by an experienced professional. Melrosa Marble & Granite supply and install quality granite worktops. Get in touch today if you have any questions about your granite countertop.