18 September 2023

A Comprehensive Guide on Cleaning and Maintaining Your Granite Worktops

Check out our care guide to keep your granite worktops in tip top condition!

There is a reason why, for all these years, granite worktops have remained a popular choice for kitchens. They present more than just their aesthetically pleasing nature and smooth feel. There is a certain quality to granite that is easy to appreciate for being elegant and durable. In many ways, it’s the foundation of a modern kitchen and enhances the features of everything surrounding it.

Understanding granite characteristics

Granite is resistant to heat and is cool to the touch, all while having a smooth and glossy finish. Its resistance to heat makes it a popular choice in kitchens with pots and pans of varying degrees adjacent to kitchen tops. Since it’s a natural stone, it’s more stain resistant than most countertops. All while maintaining a glossy finish that makes for a more sophisticated look, which is why it’s important to maintain consistent cleaning habits to preserve its beauty. We have previously addressed how to clean your Quartz Worktops.

Daily care and prevention tips

The best form of maintenance is periodic cleaning as a preventative measure. Even if it doesn’t appear to need a cleaning, doing regular surface wipes consistently helps preserve the overall beauty of granite. Stains aren’t always visible due to some of the unique patterns on granite, therefore it’s imperative that a surface is cleaned regularly.

When it comes to granite, it’s easy to wipe down by design and looks as good as new without straining yourself. However, not all food particles or spills are noticeable on granite due to its intricate patterns. This is advantageous in terms of presentation, but when it comes to maintenance you’ll want to make sure you run a damp microfibre cloth on occasion, even when you don’t notice any stains.

Be wary of certain fruits that can be very acidic and damage your granite worktop without you even noticing it. If you do notice a spill, it’s essential to clean and wipe it down immediately. Stay away from harsh chemicals, steel wool scrubbers and vinegar as they can also be damaging to granite.

There are stain-proof countertop cleaners specifically made for granite that you may want to invest in when hot water and a cloth aren’t enough. Simple things like utilising coasters and chopping boards to avoid damage to your surface also help in maintaining granite, while silicone mats can help with considerably hot items.

For more information on caring for your granite worktop, read up on some of these quick tips.

Effective cleaning techniques

If you’re wondering how to clean a granite worktop, the answer is periodic maintenance. If possible, use hot water and a soft cloth for stains that can be easily removed. It also helps to clean up spills as soon as they happen as with granite it’s not always visible when a stain or spill is on the surface.

There are a few methods you can use to maintain a clean granite worktop. When you use a soft wet cloth to clean stains, make sure to dry the area with a soft cloth afterwards. Avoid any rough surface cleaners that can potentially scratch and damage the surface over time. Also, make sure to avoid using acidic cleaners or bleach as this can wear down the smooth surface over time. Homemade cleaning remedies like vinegar or lemon juice are highly acidic so be sure to avoid those on your granite surface. Warm water and a few drops of washing-up liquid can handle most jobs with granite cleaning but remember to dry the surface afterwards.

Handling tough stains

Tougher stains on granite present their own set of challenges, as a damp cloth and water might not be enough to remove them. First, you want to run your fingers over the area to detect the stain. Then take care of the bulk of the stain and see what you can remove with water and a cloth. As tempting as it may be to use harsh chemicals like bleach to eliminate large stains, it’s not worth it and will damage your granite worktop’s smooth feel.

If you mix a poultice of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide (which is safe on granite) and apply it to the more stubborn stain to see if it can help with the removal process. Follow that by placing clingfilm over the treated area and leaving it for a few minutes, then check to see if it’s dissolving. The stain may have weakened enough to scrub off with a soft wet cloth.

Sealing and periodic maintenance

While periodic maintenance remains the tried and true method of preserving the beauty of your granite, another method to protect your granite worktop is sealing. Before applying a sealant make sure your surface has already been cleaned and dried. A sealant works by being applied to a granite surface, which then absorbs the sealant into the stone’s pores. The sealant also provides a protective layer from future stains while restoring your granite’s shine, but it’s still important to maintain periodic cleanings for optimal results.

If periodic cleanings are done and stains are tended to quickly, your granite worktop will preserve its beauty for a long time. It’s important to be mindful of things you can do to avoid damaging your granite surface, but rest assured these methods can assist with the restoration and preservation of your luxurious granite surface.

Reach out to us if you have any more questions regarding granite and our expert team of skilled craftsmen, who specialise in working with various stone materials, will be happy to help.