How to clean granite counter tops

Dear Home-Ec 101,
Can someone tell me why one of the hardest substances on earth is so picky about what it’s cleaned with? Seriously, new house, new countertops, new to granite. How do you clean AND disinfect safely on granite?
Signed,
Samantha

how to clean granite countertops

 

finger-up.JPGIvy says:

Well, Samantha, I’d like to know how you turned my font blue, but we don’t always get what we want, do we? Just kidding, I’ll answer your post post-haste.

Granite is a very hard surface (nearly as hard as my head!), but it is also a very porous surface. Don’t ask me why, I failed molecular biology. Fortunately, there is a good (and cheap) way to clean and disinfect your granite surface.

(Heather butts in to note that granite wouldn’t have been brought up in molecular biology since it isn’t living and all.)

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Get yourself a spray bottle and fill it up with a 50/50 mix of rubbing alcohol and water. Use this to clean your fab granite countertops. Once a month, use a specially formulated granite polish on your countertops and they should look fabulous and be nice and disinfected.

Granite is so sexy, and it doesn’t have to be hard to clean!

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4 Comments

  1. TaylorParker on August 2, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Oh my goodness! This is such a great idea! I have <a href=”http://www.graniteworksllc.com/”>granite countertops il</a> in my house. And I’ve always cleaned them with windex and paper towels. One of my neighbors growing up had granite counter tops and she always used windex and paper towels to clean her granite counter tops, and so thats what I’ve been doing for years. But I love the idea of the 50/50 rubbing alcohol and water, that seems to me, a much more disinfecting cleanser. I love that and cant wait to try it!

  2. Kassandra on January 26, 2010 at 1:28 am

    To keep granite countertops clean, use a microfiber cloth to dust off countertop surfaces. Wipe down the granite countertops daily and as needed using water. Once a week wipe down with a damp cloth and a stone cleaner formulated with a neutral pH. Never use harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners. They can scratch, pit, and etch the surface of the stone.
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  3. granite101 on June 8, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    there is a vast range of granite and marble cleaners which can be very useful but i would just recommend hot soapy water just to remove any smudges then just apply a good granite spay which will leave a high gloss finish and a protective layer on your worktops.

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  4. knitaddict on March 1, 2007 at 11:15 pm

    Oh man, I am SO glad I happened upon this post! My husband and I are looking into granite counter tops for our kitchen…I wasn’t even AWARE that granite needed to be cleaned differently…duh…I just though you could wipe her down and go. I’m glad I read this before I just used any ole cleaner on the new counter!!!

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