Tips for Cleaning Granite Counter Tops

By: The Maids Team | July 20, 2011 5:00 am
Category: Cleaning Tips, Tricks, and Tools

Granite is a sticky surface to clean. Sticky as in tricky.

Many of us dream of living in newly updated homes where granite counter tops span the kitchen. Granite makes a beautiful statement but can be a nightmare to clean.

Although fairly heat-and-scratch resistant, granite, like glass and wood, is a sensitive material and needs its own cleaning manual. Many people assume granite can be maintained with any all-purpose cleaner on the market. However, these cleaners often contain harsh chemicals like ammonia that can scratch and damage the granite’s surface. But don’t fear. It’s still possible to do a deep clean without damaging your counter tops.

Here’s how to safely clean your granite:

  1. To begin with, it is not easy to see dirt on granite. That’s why we always advise our customers to feel the surface before cleaning – and our team members from The Maids do the same. Use a microfiber cloth to dust the surface first. These cloths lift dirt instead of pushing it into the corner and are a safe alternative to scratchy paper towels. Once you’ve done that, you’re ready to clean your granite counters.


  1. Follow up with a pH-balanced cleaner. Bleach, window cleaners and most all-purpose cleaners will damage the granite’s sealant. Additionally, you don’t want to use ammonia, vinegar, or lemon cleaners on your granite. While these products work wonders on other materials, they have too much acid for granite and can eat away the surface. Using a pH-balanced detergent will eliminate streaks while removing dirt. Try mixing a small amount of pH-balanced dish washing soap with water in a quart-sized squirt bottle. If you want to make your granite counters germ free and restore their natural beauty, try adding a ¼ cup of isopropyl rubbing alcohol to the mixture. This inexpensive cleaner will leave them streak-free and shiny.


  1. Finish your cleaning by running the palm of your hand over the surface. Dirty spots easily hide within the intricate design of the stone and can be hard to see with the naked eye. A simple palm test will alert you to any missed spots on top of the soft and smooth surface.


A luxurious and beautiful accent to your home, granite can stay looking good as new with prompt attention to spills and regular cleaning to make it shine. Sure, it’ll take a little extra work, but the value of beauty in your home is worth it. And not to worry if cleaning granite counters is a chore you’d rather not do on your own. Give The Maids a call at 1-800-THE-MAIDS for a top-to-bottom scrub.


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