Cleaning & Maintaining Granite
Granite is a versatile natural stone product that can be used almost anywhere. It stands up well indoors and outdoors. Studies show that granite does not host bacteria due to its high density. Combined with the fact that it does not respond to acid, this makes granite among the most sanitary countertop materials available.
Daily Countertop Cleaning:
Any pH neutral cleaner will work for any type of natural stone. Be careful not to use bleach or abrasive products on any natural stone installation to prevent damage to the stone.
1. Clean the counter top with warm water and a few drops of dishwashing detergent or antibacterial detergent using a soft cloth.
2. Rinse the surface thoroughly with clean water and dry with a soft cloth.
3. If you spill something on your counter top, blot with a paper towel or soft cloth immediately. So do not wipe the area as this can spread the spill.
4. Flush the spill with warm water and detergent and rinse thoroughly.
5. Dry the area with a soft cloth. Properly sealed stone will repel most stains if the spills are cleaned promptly.
Granite is very resistant to staining. However, if a stain does occur it may be removed using a “poultice” to pull the stain from the stone. Stone poultice is a fine, non-acid, absorptive clay cleaning powder that removes deep-set oil stains, grease and light cement grout haze from polished and unpolished natural stone. The poultice may dull the shine of the polished stone. If this occurs you will need to use a marble polish to restore the natural shine.
Stone polish is a light wax that gives a nice finishing touch to your granite countertops. It washes off with several cleanings, so wax buildup is not a problem. Apply a thin coat, allow it to dry, and then wipe off.
When to Use A Sealer:
Not all granite counter tops require a seal according to the Marble Institute of America but may benefit from a quality sealer product. Most manufacturers place a resin treatment on granite at the factory. The sealant product should last ten to fifteen years and be of an oleophobic (resistant to water and oil-based stains) type. Once properly sealed, the stone will be more resistant. Please refer to specific manufacturer’s instructions.
Clean the surface thoroughly- removes any stains-allow the stone to dry for several hours- pour the sealer on the surface.
Spread the sealer over the counter top with a paper towel, foam brush or rag- allow the sealer to penetrate 5-10 minutes- (if the sealer is completely absorbed in 5 minutes add more) –after 5-10 minutes blot any remaining sealer- buff the stone dry with a clean terry cloth and let dry for 12 hours before use- make sure your work area is well ventilated.
Other Tips & Care:
Hot cooking pots will not damage the surface, however extreme or constant temperature changes may harm your stone. Avoid leaving hot pans sitting on the counter for long periods of time, especially during the winter.
Keep your stone surface clean.
While granite is highly scratch-resistant, we recommend you do not cut on it directly. Use a cutting board.
Do not stand on your counter top.