Granite countertops are a popular choice for new homeowners. The vast amount of people are not sure of how to correctly sanitize and clean and maintain the surface of the countertop. You can buy a chemical called “granite cleaner” at stores such as Home Depot, but there are different ways you can clean these sturdy yet gorgeous countertops.

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1.Get the countertops ready for a thorough cleaning. Before you start to clean the countertop, get rid of excess items and dirt and move your household appliances or other items so you can clean the surface of every area.

2.Clean up any spills or sticky stuff on the top of the counter. The best way to not stain your countertop is to get rid of liquids or sauces immediately from the top of the counter.  If the liquid has settled in, use a hot dish towel with soap to wet and soak the crumbs or other junk.

3. Clean with warm soapy water and remove crumbs. Use a basic soapy rag to clear the top of the counter of remaining crumbs, debris, and other stuff before you completely clean your countertop.

4. Make your home recipe granite countertop cleaning mixture. Be sure that you use cleaners that have balanced pH levels and do not contain acidic chemicals.

5. Fill a paint bucket with clean lukewarm or hot water. If you can use water that has already been filtered, that’s even better.

6.  Mix some mild dish soap with rubbing alcohol. Combine three or four parts detergent with one part rubbing alcohol. It works well because it is sanitized and has cleaning properties but contains a low amount of pH.

7. Combine well and let the water cool down just a bit. You want the water that you’re using to be lukewarm. Make sure that the dish detergent/soap and alcohol are thoroughly mixed.

Remember; don’t use any lemon based cleaners, acidic based cleaners, vinegar, or ammonia cleaners on granite. Even though granite is a touch surface, it can be damaged by acidic mixtures, which destroy the surface of it. Lemon and vinegar have more acid than the granite can handle, making it lumpy and callous, eating away at the top of the rock. Some persistent stains might need a professional, like from http://granitecountertopsri.com, to come out and look at the damage and see if a more professional method might work.

8. Dry and polish the countertop completely. Even though the counters may be clean, most of the cleaner chemicals might leave streaks or scratches if not dried as soon as the process is complete.

Use a micro-fiber rag to dry and polish the countertops. Use a new cloth if the other one becomes wet, soggy or damp (which it probably will). A wet rag will not let you dry the counter, as it’s already wet. It will leave streaks on the counter.