You’ve just cleaned your kitchen but then before you know it it’s time for the next meal. This means that crumbs, stains, and food debris are back with a vengeance. Luckily, cleaning a granite worktop is quick and easy with our guide.
Granite surfaces are a highlight in any kitchen; at the same time, the natural stone made of feldspar, mica, and quartz is very robust, scratch-resistant, and heat-resistant. So, it is no wonder that granite worktops can be found in many kitchens. But the natural material is not indestructible. We have a few tips for you when cleaning granite benchtops.
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The natural material granite is relatively easy to clean. Water is sufficient for light stains and for a quick wipe down. If stains are more stubborn, how you clean your granite worktops depends on what kind of stain it is. Best of all, granite does not require any special cleaning agents. You probably have the right supplies at home anyway.
If stains are only superficial, lukewarm water is usually sufficient for cleaning. However, try to use water sparingly and wipe the worktop dry afterwards – otherwise you might find yourself having to clean the kitchen cabinets after water’s dipped down on them.
Are the stains unimpressed by water? Add a few squirts of dishwashing liquid and then wipe the worktop with a damp cloth. Do not forget to dry it!
Grease stains are unavoidable in the kitchen. The right cleaning agent for your granite worktop is part of the standard cleaning range in every household. You can simply use a multipurpose cleaner of your choice. Jeyes Multi-Purpose spray would again be a great product for this.
Whether it is boiling pasta water, red wine, or splashes of water next to the sink, it's inevitable that granite worktops will come into contact with liquids. If there has been a spillage, it is best to wipe up the liquid immediately. Avoid rubbing to ensure moisture does not soak into any joints. If there is any stain residue, a damp cloth and a dab of dishwashing liquid will help.
Acids contained in many foods such as lemons, wine, tomato sauce, fruit juice, and vinegar, can attack natural stone. Therefore, make sure to protect the countertop from acid. We would recommend the use of a large cutting board as a base when cutting lemons and other acidic foods. For this same reason, acidic cleaners are not suitable for cleaning a granite worktop.
Normally, granite countertops are sealed. This protective coating lasts for several years and prevents liquids from penetrating the natural material. Sooner or later, however, it is time to reseal the surface. This will protect your countertop from moisture, grease, food residue, and soap. Not only will your kitchen look like new for longer if you reseal the worktop from time to time, but you will also save yourself a lot of effort when it comes to cleaning your granite benchtops.
For more kitchen related cleaning tips read though our articles on how to clean a toaster or how to clean a fridge, they might come in handy sooner or later.