(1) We don’t add polishes to give the granite a gloss therefore…
(2) We don’t have to remove a layer of a polished gloss to get the stone’s natural shine back.
Stores sell so many different granite cleaners, but if the cleaner has a white milky look to it upon spraying we can guarantee you that you are adding a layer of gloss to your granite. This white gloss is a quick fix for a shine that you better not touch, set a cup down on, or put anything on after it has been applied because the spray adds a gloss like a lip gloss that women apply to their lips. It appears shiny and glossy, but to the touch it can get sticky and ends up attracting dirt because it has an oil base. Let's look at tips to clean your granite countertops without a sticky build-up!
So, How Do I Clean My Granite Countertops?
If you have hard water please don’t use it to clean the counters. Use a spray bottle filled with:
- a mix of distilled water,
- a mild eco-friendly soap,
- and rubbing alcohol.
More Tips When Cleaning Your Granite Countertops
Granite streaks because a cleaner has dried on its surface. You want to spray and wipe it immediately!
Remember that although granite is shiny, it does need to be disinfected and not just polished. So before you go and look for that cleaner that promotes shiny new gloss to granite think about E.coli, Salmonella and the flu viruses. Then, spray to disinfect and wipe to buff out the stone’s natural shine.
If you have a stain that has set in (like red wine) we recommend using a baking soda and hot water solution combined to make a paste. Rub the paste into the stain in a circular motion until you see it lightening. If the stain is still there, call a professional to buff it out. If you aren’t able to do that (financially or otherwise), then simply move a decorative item to the stained area to hide the blemish.
Do you have questions about how to clean your granite countertops? I would love to hear from you! Please leave your question in the comments section below.