Cleaning Granite Countertops
In our last blog, we talked about ways to seal granite countertops and its many benefits. In this article, we would like to focus on their regular maintenance and upkeep. Granite worktop, although being highly durable and strong, is still impervious to damage with faulty and irregular maintenance. Regular cleaning is required whether you have a sparkling black granite worktop or one of those light coloured quartz worktops for your kitchen and bathroom counters.
On a daily basis, it is advised to wash the countertop with warm water and mild soap or detergent liquid to remove excessive debris from the surface. Later on, follow these simple procedures to make natural and cost effective granite cleaner instead of using the expensive harsh chemicals available in the market.
First thing to remember is that the granite loses its characteristic shine when exposed to abrasive acids or bases; so your cleaner should be pH balanced (neutral).
What do you need?
- pH balanced Dish Soap
- Standard rubbing Alcohol (Antiseptic, has balanced pH)
- Essential oils (of your choice to get rid of the strong smell of alcohol)
Mix ¼ cup of standard rubbing alcohol with almost equal parts of dish soap. Add a few drops of some essential oils in the mix to get rid of the alcohol odour.
To use this as a spray, you need to put the mixture in a spray bottle and add water, double the amount of alcohol. Mix well and store in a cool place. Use this spray for easy regular cleaning.
For tough stains, use a portion of this mixture and mix with a sink-full of warm water. Use this to wash off the waste from the granite worktop.
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