How To Clean Granite Countertops
One of the most common questions related to stone care is, " How To Clean Granite Countertops". The internet is filled with numerous different methods and strategies for cleaning granite and marble. A lot of this information is often times misleading and can even cause consumers to utilize incorrect cleaning methods that could potentially harm the polished surface of natural stone, including marble and granite, by etching and dulling the polished surface. I've even read several recipes for homemade granite cleaners that will either damage the polished surface over time or just cloud it up, forcing the granite to look dull and lose it's clarity and depth over time.
Cleaning Granite Countertops Properly with pH Neutral Cleaners
Cleaning granite countertops can be a simple task when a few facts are understood. Firstly, always use a pH neutral cleaner for natural stone surfaces and never use hazardous or abrasive chemicals. This would include the use of common household cleaners such as vinegar, bleach-wipes, and ammonia. When cleaning granite, it is also important to stay away from acidic cleaners, which would include anything with lemon or orange.
Always clean quartz and granite countertops with pH neutral cleaners. Both abrasive and acidic cleaners will impair the surface of polished natural stones over time. For this reason, it is important to use a daily cleaning product that is neutral on the pH scale. Most common mild dish soaps are pH neutral and oftentimes consumers will use them to clean kitchen counters. These soaps are safe to use on quartz, marble and granite counters, but they will build-up and leave a residue behind. This will cause a polished countertop surface to progressivly look cloudy, blurry or grimy.
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Cleaner and ioSeal Protectants For Granite Counertops
When choosing a product to clean natural stones, one might also consider a formula that will not only clean granite countertops, but also polish, seal, protect and condition the stones surface. Even sealed granite and all other types of natural stone are porous to some extent. This means that they have the ability to absorb liquids that are left to sit. For this reason, we think it is important to use Supreme Surface Granite Cleaner and Conditioner, because it contains ioSeal Protectants. A cationic protectant and conditioning agent that penitrates the surface and ionically bonds a protective barrier to the stone, filling the porous surface in order to help prevent staining. IoSeal and conditioners also leave the stone with a much smoother texture, creating a mirror-like finish.
Cleaning Granite with a Microfiber Cloth
The Supreme Surface Granite Cleaner with a micro fiber cloth (included with every on-line order) is the perfect combination to get the best results when cleaning a granite countertop. Although it isn't necessary to use a microfiber, it doe's a good job lifting and pulling the excess liquids from the surface. The results leave a streak free shine, making your polished granite tops and counters look new again!
"I used Supreme Surface Granite Cleaner for cleaning back granite and what an amazing difference & shine! Wow it looks like black ice. And feels so smooth and smells nice too." Jennifer