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Tips for Daily and Deep Cleaning Granite

Granite texture

Apartments at The Towers Woodland in Conroe, Texas were designed to provide stylish homes for apartment dwellers. Our kitchens are inviting as well functional with plenty of cupboard space and durable granite countertops (also in your bathroom). Try these tips for keeping the granite looking like new.

Doing a quick online search will bring up conflicting advice about how to clean your countertops, so we went to Daltile, a granite countertop manufacturer, for our information. So first a bit of background information about granite: Stone is a durable, versatile building material which has been used for centuries, and granite is wonderful for countertops because it comes in such a variety of colors and patterns. Next to diamonds and rubies, it’s the next hardest stone. If properly sealed and cared for, granite countertops will last a lifetime.


Daily Care

Do
— Wipe counters off often to remove crumbs, spills, and messes.
— Blot up spills as quickly as possible so the liquid is not left pooling on the granite.
— Wash the stone with a mild soap or a pH neutral cleaner (look for “granite friendly” cleaners).
— Dry counters completely after wiping up spills or cleaning.

Do Not
— Use harsh cleaners (such as bathroom cleanser or grout cleaner).
— Use abrasive cleaners (such as Windex or anything with bleach or ammonia) or scrubbers on granite countertops.
— Use vinegar or lemon juice to clean granite.


The Process

  1. Wet your washcloth in warm, soapy water. (Just fill the sink and add mild dish soap.)

  2. Wipe down the countertop with a soft dishcloth (ones with nylon nubs are okay).

  3. Dry countertops with a dry microfiber or terrycloth towel to prevent streaking.

  4. To give your counter a nice shine (and to disinfect it) mix together a 50:50 solution of water and 91% isopropyl alcohol. Spray onto the granite, allow it to sit for 3 to 5 minutes, and then rinse with clear warm water. Buff dry with a clean microfiber cloth. (This only needs to be done when the countertop begins to look dull.)


Periodic Deep Cleaning and Stain Care

Deep clean your granite countertops several times a year. Use a commercially prepared granite cleaner. For stains, make a paste of baking soda and water. Apply the paste to the stained area, cover with plastic wrap, and tape down the edges to form a seal. Let it sit overnight. Remove and wipe away soda residue. Wash with mild soap and water, and buff dry.

What is your favorite part about having granite countertops in your apartment? Let us know in the comments. Enjoy sparkling granite all year!

 

Disclaimer: The Towers Woodland is not located in or part of The Woodlands® development. The Woodlands® is a registered trademark of The Woodlands Land Development Company, LP.