Like most people, you’ve probably daydreamed about a completely upgraded house with beautiful granite countertops on every surface. But once the dream comes true, there are a few things you have to wake up to, and one of those is cleaning your new countertops. Granite is a tough, durable material that’ll look great for years to come, but like any natural surface it’s got its own set of dos and don’ts when it comes to getting it clean and keeping it safe.
Here are a few quick tips that will help you to keep your granite countertops looking their best:
- It’s not always easy to see dirt on granite—that’s one of its charms!—so before you clean, run a microfiber cloth across the surface of the countertop. That’ll not only give you an idea of how clean or dirty your countertop actually is, but it’ll also pick up dirt instead of just pushing it around.
- Wipe up spills as soon as you notice them. Granite is much less porous than other stones on the market, and sealed granite will repel most stains, but the sooner you clean up a spill, the less time it has to soak into the surface of the natural stone.
- Avoid harsh or abrasive cleaners that can damage the granite’s sealant or even the granite itself. Bleach and many all-purpose cleaners can play havoc on your granite’s finish, and any cleaner with abrasive chemicals can scratch the sealant and open your granite up to wear and tear.
- One of the many benefits of granite is that a properly-sealed granite countertop is largely impervious to most bacteria, which minimizes the need to disinfect. If you do need to disinfect, hot water and Rock Doctor Natural Granite & Quartz Cleaner will usually do the trick.
Of course, the best way to keep your granite countertop looking—and performing—its best is regular cleaning with a dedicated granite cleaner. Rock Doctor’s full line of products are all specially formulated to clean natural stone countertops, vanities, and other surfaces. Our non-abrasive formula is safe for granite, marble, and any other natural stone, and won’t streak or leave residue on any of your stone surfaces. You can even use it on stainless steel!
In addition to our granite cleaner, we also offer granite sealer, granite polish, and tile & grout cleaner, so that you can safely and efficiently clean just about every surface in your kitchen or bathroom, without having to worry about caustic or abrasive chemicals that might damage the beauty of your natural stone.
Once you’re living the dream and you need help cleaning those lovely new granite countertops, call the Rock Doctor, and put your natural stone countertops in our capable hands!This article was brought to you by Rock Doctor, which offers a line of specially-formulated Granite & Quartz Cleaner, Granite & Quartz Polish, and Granite & Stone Sealer aerosol products. Rock Doctor products can be purchased through a number of fine retail stores, including Wal-Mart, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Bed Bath & Beyond, Ace Hardware, Do it Best Hardware, Hy-Vee, and Wegmans.