Your Guide To Keeping Your Granite Worktop Clean
At Total Tops, we are one of the country’s leading suppliers of granite kitchen worktops. As such, we know a great deal about how to install them. We also have a great deal of expertise in maintaining granite.
Granite may be a durable material that is scratch-resistant and able to withstand relatively high levels of heat, certainly when it is compared to cheaper alternatives, but worktops made from it do need to be professionally repaired in the unlikely event that they suffer from physical damage. Nonetheless, for most owners of granite worktops, the only thing they’ll ever need to worry about is keeping them clean. What do you need to know?
Because kitchen worktops are food preparation areas, you will need to clean them regularly to ensure they remain germ-free. If you place a bag of shopping onto your work surface, for instance, then it could easily transfer invisible microbes without you realising it.
As such, wiping granite worktops down with soapy water every day is a good idea. For the best results, use a microfibre cloth which will work itself more effectively into any joins or minor scratches that may be present.
Some people prefer to use a cleaning product that is specifically designed for granite and these are often good. However, for everyday cleaning and germ removal, it is hard to beat straightforward soap and water.
Avoid bleaches, however. These can cause staining as can cleaning products that have a high acidic content. If your wipe over with soapy water leaves a tide mark, then a quick buff with a dry cloth will be enough to remove it.
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Dealing With Spillages
Sometimes, you will face a mess in your kitchen that needs to be more thoroughly cleaned. Maybe you have spilt a tomato-based sauce over your granite worktop? Could it be you have noticed a ring from a coffee mug or a glass of red wine? These sorts of stains and spills are commonplace but often dealt with improperly by people who don’t know how to get the best results.
Firstly, avoid going for an abrasive kitchen cleaner or a scrubbing brush. Scouring your granite worktop with either sort of product can leave your work surface with unsightly scratch marks or, worse still, compromise your porous worktop’s sealant. If your granite worktop is no longer sealed properly, then its anti-microbial properties will no longer be as effective – a highly undesirable outcome.
To get rid of stains and blemishes, use a soft microfibre cloth with a degreaser spray. This should be enough to get rid of any staining you can see. If a smudge is left, then continue as you usually would with soap and water.
Using a handheld steamer can help if you have a stain that is particularly tricky to remove but don’t use a high-pressure water jet. Overall, it is important to act quickly with spillages. The sooner you deal with them, the easier it is to get rid of them. Remember that stains from acidic foods, such as citrus fruit, can become permanent unless you act fast.