Cleaning Granite Countertops
Properly cleaning granite countertops includes daily, weekly and annual treatments in addition to any granite repair that becomes necessary over the lifetime of the granite countertops.
Instructions on How to Clean Granite Countertops
Daily Granite Countertop Care
Wipe it down.
The best way to perform daily granite countertop cleaning is to wipe down counters with a non-abrasive sponge or damp rag after each use.If counters are sticky, spray granite countertops with a neutral PH granite cleaner prior to wiping. (NOTE: Always test your granite cleaner in a small inconspicuous area prior to use on the entire surface to determine if the product is suitable). After cleaning the granite countertops, dry with a soft rag.
Weekly or Biweekly Granite Countertop Care
Clean the granite countertop.
Clean granite counters with your neutral cleaner. After cleaning granite countertops, dry granite with a soft rag. Apply a granite polish to the granite counter top. (NOTE: Always test your granite cleaner in a small inconspicuous area prior to use on the entire surface to determine if the product is suitable). Buff the granite countertops, as per the products directions, with a clean soft dry cloth.
Monthly Granite Countertop Care
Inspect the countertops.
Each Month visually inspect the granite countertops for damage. Look at the grout, particularly where the granite countertop meets the backsplash(if any). The grout at the countertop/backsplash seam is vulnerable to cracking and breaking. Carefully check to make certain that the grout is not cracked or missing, especially behind the sink. Next, check the granite countertop seams (the area where one granite slab meets another in the countertop. The seams are filled with an epoxy or polyester material. It is important to inspect the seams for cracks and voids. Finally, check the sink perimeter silicone for mold, cracking or voids. Click here for granite countertop repair instructions.
Annual Granite Countertop Care
Test the sealant.
Sealant manufactures claim that their granite sealants will last anywhere from 5 to 20 years. However, my experience shows that granite sealants can wear off in as little as a year. The durability of granite sealant seems to be highly variable changing radically by differences in usage, granite cleaning products, and the quality of the sealant applied. As a result, I recommend annually performing the water-bead test on your granite countertops to assess the strength of the granite sealant.
To perform the water-bead test on your granite countertops, drip water in several areas of the countertops. Watch the drip as it hits the granite countertop. When the drip hits the surface, it should flatten out, then the drip will shrink in diameter and get higher and more round forming a dome. This "beading" of the water indicates that the sealant is repelling water effectively. If the water does not bead up on the granite counter as described, you should
apply granite sealant to the counter top.