How to Make Granite Countertops Shine
Keep your granite countertops looking like new with a few simple steps.
- dish soap
- isopropyl alcohol
- spray bottle
- clean rag or towel
- razor blade and gloves (optional)
If you love to cook in the kitchen, granite countertops are a great addition to your home. Granite is one of the sturdiest countertop materials on the market. It stands up well to everyday wear and tear and is resistant to scratches. It also resists heat well. Granite is a porous material, so it absorbs liquids. However, as long as you apply a sealant yearly, your granite countertop should last you for years to come. Applying a sealant is easy. Just follow the instructions on the sealant packaging, and reapply at least once a year.
Keeping your granite countertops clean is just as important as sealing it. Below we share steps on how to disinfect and help your granite countertops shine.
Step 1: Clean Off the Counters
Begin by removing everything off of the counter. Take all appliances, crockery and keepsakes, and move them to another surface like the kitchen table or stovetop. Once the counters are free of large items, use a dry sponge to brush away any debris.
Step 2: Scrub the Surface
Since granite countertops have a sealant on them to keep them shiny and stain-resistant, you want to avoid using anything too acidic or basic on the granite. Instead, a little soap and water should do the trick. Add dish soap and warm water to a sponge, get a good lather, and begin cleaning. Scrub your countertops from back to front in an "S" pattern. You may need to scrub a bit more if there is a really stubborn or sticky spill.
Step 3: Use a Razor Blade If Needed
If scrubbing doesn't work, the spot might require a razor blade. Use the razor blade to scrape away any gunk or build up on the countertop. Don’t worry, you aren't going to scratch the surface. Simply make sure that the entire edge of the blade rests on the counter. Once satisfied, rinse your sponge and wipe up the suds. You may need to rinse your sponge, ring it out and wipe up the remaining suds a few times. Make sure your counters are free from any large puddles or leftover suds. Note: Wear gloves when working with sharp objects.
Step 4: Disinfect the Surface
In a spray bottle, create a 50/50 mixture of isopropyl alcohol and water. One cup alcohol and one cup water should do it. Spray the entire counter down with the water/alcohol mixture and wait five minutes (Image 1). After five minutes, wipe the moisture off the counters from back to front with a clean dish towel using a sweeping "S" motion (Image 2). Once you've completed these steps, your counters should be clean and disinfected.
You can clean concrete and quartz countertops using the same steps as above. Doing these steps weekly will ensure your countertops will stand the test of time!