How to Clean and Polish Granite Countertops


Granite countertops are a beautiful addition to a kitchen. But when they’re dirty, they stand out for all of the wrong reasons. Fortunately, cleaning granite is not difficult. You do not need to have any special skills. You just need to follow a few tips and your granite counter tops will look as good as new on a daily basis.

Step 1: Dusting

First, you need to dust the countertops to remove any dirt and dust. Do not use a paper towel since it will force the dust into the corners. Instead, use a microfiber cloth. The cloth will lift and remove the dust.

Step 2: Washing

Then, your granite countertops are ready for a wash. Don’t use acidic cleaners such as vinegar or ammonia. The acid in those cleaners can dull the countertops. You should also avoid powdered cleaners. Instead, use water or a stone cleaner. If you have a stubborn oil-based stain, mix the water with some baking soda. If it is a water-based stain from hard water, use a bit of hydrogen peroxide in water.

Step 3: Polishing

Finally, you can polish your countertops with Armor All. While the product is normally used for vehicles, it can restore your granite’s luster and shine. Put some Armor All on a microfiber cloth and wipe it around the countertops. Spread it evenly so the entire surface will shine. Then, wipe the Armor All off with a clean microfiber cloth. Be sure you are thorough so it does not streak. When you are finished, your countertops should look shiny and new.

Use these tips to make your granite countertops stand out for all of the right reasons. Once you are finished, your countertops will enhance your home and they will be the envy of the neighborhood. Your friends might even ask you for some tips so their homes will look as good as yours.


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