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Great Answers: What is the best way to clean granite countertops?June 28th, 2017 by
What is the best way to clean granite countertops?
When it comes to kitchen counters, there are endless combinations of colors, patterns, textures, and materials to choose from. Granite, a natural stone that was once only found in lavish homes, has become extremely popular among today’s homeowners. Once the slab is polished and sealed, it can remain stain resistant for 10-15 years. The durability of this material offers an excellent return on investment that will boost the overall value of any home.
While granite countertops require low maintenance, there are certain cleaners that should be used in order to preserve the stone over time.
Here’s what Amy Chapin of Marco Island Floor & Remodeling had to say:
“We use and recommend TS&G Disinfectant & Cleaner. It is made by MIRACLE Sealants Company and you can use it safely on tile, stone, & grout. It kills molds & mildew, disinfects, cleanses, deodorizes, & eliminates odors.”
Manny Stiega of Da Vinci Cabinetry gave this advice:
“Warm soapy water! Cleaning products takes away your granite sealer.”
Jason Greenwood of Surface Encounters had this to say:
“Using warm soapy water is the best for daily cleaning. There are many granite cleaners on the market that will help you if you really want to scrub and bring back that original shine. Laticrete (formerly DuPont) Stone Care products are great. They make a revitalizing spray that is excellent for weekly cleaning. It has a bit of sealer in it as well, so it will help keep those tops shiny.”
Homeowner John Barton gave the following advice:
“We keep a spray bottle on the counter filled with 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol, 2 cups water, and 8 drops dawn dish soap, and use it as needed. We also apply sealer once a year.”
Nilza Jackson of WCI Group Inc wrote:
“Fill a gallon bucket with very warm water and add 1 tablespoon mild dish detergent with one teaspoon standard rubbing alcohol. (Alcohol has antiseptic and cleaning properties but contains a pH level of 7.0–the same pH as plain water). Do not use ammonia or vinegar as they are too acidic. Wipe counters down thoroughly and if water has stopped beading up on the surface, re-seal the counter top with a granite sealer to protect your counters from future stains.”
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