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How to Clean Granite Countertops

Updated on September 16, 2015

How to Clean Granite Countertops

Want to know how to clean granite countertops? Granite is a very durable rock that is used for flooring, tombstones, statues, various construction tasks and of course – countertops. Daily light clean-up and a periodic thorough cleaning are essential to maintain and keep your granite countertop in excellent condition. Many homeowners often think that their countertops can withstand a lot of abuse and neglect due to the hardness of the stone. However, abuse and neglect often result in staining, hazing, and scratching if proper care is not followed for your granite countertop. A granite countertop can also become stained or dirty from being improperly sealed. Here’s how to clean granite countertops the right way and keep them in tip-top condition.

How to Maintain Granite Countertops Every Few Days

Every few days you should wipe down your granite countertop with a microfiber cloth or other similar soft rag. This helps to remove dust build up and it also alerts you to anything out of the ordinary with your countertop. You might notice a water ring or a new developed stain that will need to be treated right away. The longer that a stain sets then the more difficult it can be to remove. You can also clean your granite countertop with a soft rag dipped in warm water. Gently wipe the entire surface and then take a non-wet towel and dry it off to prevent water marks from occurring.

How to Clean Granite Countertops Thoroughly

Periodically your granite countertop will need a through cleaning. Visit your hardware store and buy a stone cleaner. Read the product information carefully and insure that it states that you can use it on granite. Some cleaners are designed for specific types of stones. Follow the instructions carefully before applying and follow them exactly to fulfill the job the correct way.

Spills & Food

Clean up any spills as soon as they happen or as soon as you notice one. Wipe as much as the spill as you can and then spray the stone cleaner onto the area. Thoroughly dry the area with a dry soft cloth. Dried on stains, such as food, can be easily removed with a flat razor blade. Insure that you use the stone cleaner afterwards.


Buy a top quality granite sealant or have a professional reseal your granite countertop every other year to keep it in excellent shape. After normal wear and tear, the sealant breaks down and leaves your countertop exposed to potential staining. If you plan to do the task yourself, contact your granite countertop manufacturer for advice on what or specific sealant or company product that they recommended that you use.

According to, they state that Windex is perfectly fine for use on a granite countertop. However, it is advised that you do so at your own risk. A stone cleaner with a neutral pH is the best option for granite.

After many years, a granite countertop may lose its shiny gloss. You will have to call a stone repair service come to your home and have it professionally restored. The company will polish it back to new.

Clean your granite countertop periodically to keep it looking like new.
Clean your granite countertop periodically to keep it looking like new.


Avoid placing old pizza boxes or anything that could potentially transfer grease onto your granite countertop. Grease can stain the countertop and it can become just about impossible to remove.

Never use ammonia, chlorine bleach, chemical acids, lemon juice or even vinegar to clean your granite countertop. Using these types of items can cause hazing. Dish soap is often suggested that it also causes hazing.

References for the creation of this hub:

Good Housekeeping Magazine

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