Simple Solutions for Shiny Granite Countertops

Some of you have probably had granite in your homes for a while now, while others are just beginning their journey with natural stone. Maybe you’re still considering making the switch. In any case, I think granite is well worth the investment. It adds to a home’s value, as well as its aesthetic appeal, which is probably why the trend toward granite upgrades has had such staying power.

My first experience with granite countertops took place a few short years ago, when we renovated our kitchen. I loved the look and feel of granite, but like any self-proclaimed CleanGeek, I worried about upkeep. If my old laminate countertops had taught me anything, it’s that my family encounters a lot of kitchen spills, stains and scratches. Before I installed anything new, I needed to know exactly how I’d go about cleaning, disinfecting and protecting my new countertops.

To ensure a streak-free shine every time, I did a little (okay, a lot) of research. Now, I certainly wouldn’t say I’m an expert at cleaning granite or anything, but I do think I’ve mastered the art of a spotless kitchen. Here’s a very simple cleaning schedule that can help you keep your countertops in tip-top shape, too:

  • Daily: Clean up spills and messes quickly with hot water and a clean dish cloth. Once a day, use a cleaner specific for granite to tidy up the main areas of your countertop. You can purchase granite cleaner at your local big box retailer or home improvement store — there are many options to choose from. You can also create your own by mixing 1/3c rubbing alcohol, 3 drops dish detergent, 2c water and 5 drops of essential oil in spray bottle. I have yet to try this route, but I hear it works well and smells amazing!

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  • Weekly: Take a few minutes to wipe down the entire surface and sides of your countertop with granite cleaner to remove all the collected dust and debris. Be sure to thoroughly clean under and around all appliances and knickknacks.

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  • Monthly: If you like, add a temporary, topical granite polish to your countertops on a monthly basis. This can help to enhance the stone’s shine, much like waxing a car. Such products also provide some protection, but are not entirely necessary. I will confess that I’ve missed a month or two (or ten) here and there, and my countertops still look beautiful.
  • Yearly: It may (or may not) be necessary to reseal your countertops every year. A simple test will help you determine whether or not a sealer is necessary. Simply add a few drops of water to your countertop. If the water spot darkens within 30 minutes, resealing is probably necessary, since your granite is absorbing the liquid. Perform the test yearly with the expectation that you’ll probably need to reseal every 3 to 5 years. I have not yet had to reseal my countertops, but the process seems fairly straightforward. I welcome any comments related to this topic!

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Pretty easy, huh? The beautiful granite countertops of your dreams are just one simple cleaning schedule away.