About Granite

Granite is wonderfully low maintenance. Still, it does need some care.

Granite is formed when magma cools inside the Earth’s crust, and like all natural stones, it is porous (there are tiny spaces between the grains of the stone). These pores absorb liquids just like a sponge and that can lead to problems like staining, mineral buildup, and hard water spots.

Cleaning Granite Counters

With the right products, though, cleaning granite is very easy. One study found that after washing and rinsing, granite counters had fewer bacteria left on them than stainless steel, concrete, tile, wood, or laminate counters.

So, you don’t need to use harsh chemicals like bleach or ammonia to clean granite. Really, it’s healthier for both you and your stone to clean with a pH neutral stone cleaner like Supreme Surface Granite Cleaner & Conditioner. This all-natural formula will clean, polish and protect your granite countertops. It’s non-toxic so it won’t release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into your home, either (you can read more about toxin-free cleaners here).

For daily cleaning simply use a slightly damp sponge or paper towel to remove crumbs and debris from your granite countertops. Then, spray on Supreme Surface Granite Cleaner & Conditioner and buff to a mirror-like finish.

Preventing Granite Stains

Should you spill your morning coffee or perhaps some cooking oil on your granite counters they could absorb the liquid and become stained. This is why granite countertops need to be sealed.

Usually, an impregnating sealer is applied when your countertops are installed. The original seal, however, can be worn away over time, especially with the use of abrasive or acidic cleaning products (including homemade cleaners that contain bleach, vinegar, orange, or lemon).

To test if your granite is sealed leave a few drops of water on the your counter. If the water beads like it would on a freshly waxed car, your granite is sealed. If the water slowly absorbs into the stone, your seal has been compromised. You can learn more about sealing stone surfaces here.

Even if your counters are sealed, be sure to wipe up any spills as soon as they happen. If left to sit, wine, fruit juice, and other foods can eat away at your granite sealer. 

Cleaning granite counters daily with Supreme Surface Granite Cleaner & Conditioner will also help protect them. It has a proprietary ingredient called ioSeal that forms a protective barrier on your stone countertops. 

Of course, if your granite counters do become stained, don’t panic. You can use a poultice to pull the stain out. For directions on how to make and use a poultice, check out our article on how to remove stains from granite.

Protect your granite counters from heat

One last point about caring for granite countertops: although granite is highly heat resistant, it is not heat-proof. Always protect your granite by using a trivet under hot baking dishes, skillets, pots and pans.

Congratulations on being the proud owner of natural granite countertops. With proper cleaning and care they will remain a showpiece in your kitchen for as long as you live in your home.