If you have never installed granite countertops in your kitchen before, then you might be used to clean your counter tops with simple cleaners or maybe you prefer to use natural products such as vinegar and baking soda. Regardless of what you are used to using, when it comes to granite – stone cleaning, not every product is safe to use on your stone.
Mainly granite and other similar natural stones are very susceptible to damage that can be damaged by cleaning products that you use normally in your homes right now. Let us teach you what not to use and what to use for granite – stone cleaning to avoid the damages.
3 Product you Should Never Use on Granite
Anything that is not PH neutral is going to damage your stone. This may include natural, man-made or homemade products which contains anything acidic substance such as lemon or citric acid. Additionally, if you want to avoid using following products on your stone:
Bleach: Everyone knows that bleach is a great disinfectant (Chemical used to kill germs & bacteria), but it can also dull the finish of your natural stone and in some cases it changes its color. There are many other safe ways to disinfect your stone, so it is better you avoid cleaning solutions, which has bleach as an ingredient in it.
Glass cleaner: Windex may look like a good choice to use on the glossy finish of your granite counter. This product is made to remove dirt like fingerprint marks and they give an eye-catching shine to your countertop. However, they can also dull the finish of your granite, & they can dull in an uneven way that will make certain areas appear more noticeable to you in future.
Formula 409: This is most popular bathroom cleaner in North America that can disinfect, remove soap scum and give your porcelain & ceramic a bright shine. Sad to say but it contains many hazardous ingredients’ that can ruin your granite surface. So, if you have granite in your bathrooms, avoid using traditional cleaning agents.
Why to avoid such products:
If you have such cleaners in your home, it is obvious you might be using it but you never noticed the damage that you are doing to your stone right away. Unfortunately, a single application of any acidic substance to your granite will do irreparable harm to the substance.
This is due to acids, which removes the weaker particles of the stone up at the surface. This is known as etching, & when the weaker particles are removed, the area becomes dull. The only way to solve an etched countertop is to ground down and refinished. It is an expensive and inconvenient process. Etching is avoidable if you keep your stone sealed and use only PH neutral cleaners each and every time.
What to use?
Water: Water and a microfiber towel will clean about 80-90% of the dirt and surface debris from your granite. Use water and microfiber towel for regular cleaning.
Isopropyl Alcohol: If you plan to disinfect your granite, add one part isopropyl with three parts water and apply it on the stone to clean it. This natural cleaner is a great disinfectant, and all of above it is PH neutral so it will not harm your stone.
Dish soap: You will not believe most of the dish soap are PH natural. Ivory and Dawn liquids can both clean your stone; it will cut down oil and grease, and will not leave any etch marks behind.
Castile Soap: If you need a natural product to clean your stone, consider castile soap, which is manufactured from olive oil. It has neutral PH, and you can add it with isopropyl alcohol and water to make it for all-purpose cleaner, which is safe for your granite.
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