Asked on Mar 24, 2018

How to clean granite countertops?

Beth HubleySharon DepatieWilliam


11 answers
  • For starters, don't use vinegar or bleach. You can wash them with mild soap and water. They do need to be sealed.
  • Joanne Layton Woods
    Joanne Layton Woods
    on Mar 24, 2018

    i agree with Ann. Mild soap and water is the best. I use a micro fiber cloth to help “grab” messes from the granite I might not see And make sure to dry it when I’m done simply bc I like it to shind
  • Sharon
    on Mar 24, 2018

    these are the products I use, I get them at Lowe’s! I also use a buffer once and a while to really make them shine
  • Spacey
    on Mar 24, 2018

    White vinegar with water, steel wool for polishing
  • Laura Cooper
    Laura Cooper
    on Mar 24, 2018

    Make sure you shine it after washing with soap and water. I like a nice tea towel for this
  • Carol Thomas
    Carol Thomas
    on Mar 24, 2018

    I always use a neutral cleaner made for stone daily, not dish soap which will leave a film. Don't leave standing water or spills. As the others recommended, seal it annually.

  • William
    on Mar 24, 2018

    Marble, granite, and stone do NOT like having acidic (ie: citrus-based) cleaners used on them. Citrus or vinegar will actually cause “etching” on granite countertops. Not a good thing. Granite countertops also don’t like it when you use something like Windex on them because it strips the “seal” off of the stone.

    If you are trying to remove an old stain, create a dense paste of more baking soda and less water. Then place the paste over the stain, allowing it to function for a few minutes. After that wipe off the baking soda paste. If it is needed you can repeat the procedure until the stain vanishes.

    Apparently there are some very nice countertop/granite cleaners out there that do a great job…but $7.00 for a 12-ounce bottle? YOU can do better than that! :-)

    After researching several homemade options out there…I discovered they all had the same basic ingredients…just in varying amounts. Some had a LOT of alcohol in them…some very little. I think the following “recipe” has a good balance of the ingredients, based on the information I read.

    Homemade Granite Cleaner, 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol (or cheap vodka), 3 drops of Dawn or other dish soap (Castile soap would also be a good alternative if you prefer), Water, 5-10 drops essential oil (optional – to help mask the alcohol smell).

    Put the rubbing alcohol or vodka into a 16 oz spray bottle. Add the dish soap, essential oil and fill up the rest of the bottle with water.

    Now give it a few shakes….THEN give it a try! It should give your countertops a nice, clean shine. Works on appliances too! All at a FRACTION of the price of the store-bought stuff.

  • Sharon Depatie
    Sharon Depatie
    on Mar 24, 2018

    Do not use abrasive cloths or cleaners - warm, soapy water & a soft cloth, then rinsing with clear water should be enough. Use cutting boards in areas you use often or beside the stove top for extra protectIon. Go to any installer or go online to check out more info. Also, look into sealers, they can make a real difference.
  • Beth Hubley
    Beth Hubley
    on Mar 24, 2018

    i use the Norwex EnviroCloth. It is safe to use on granite. Requires only chemicals and to make it even removes 99% of all bacteria. You can learn more about it here
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