Granite, which is extremely hard and very difficult to scratch, is a popular material for counters and tiles. It comes in a variety of colors and styles to suit any decor. A simple solution can be used to clean granite without leaving any unsightly streaks behind.
Although granite countertops have become a popular choice for many homeowners, the vast majority are unsure of how to properly clean and maintain the stone’s surface. While you can purchase “granite cleaner” there are other ways you can safely clean and preserve these durable, yet beautiful countertops.
Create your homemade granite countertop cleaning formula. Be sure you use cleaners that are pH balanced and include no acid or acidic type chemicals. Fill a bucket or your sink with warm clean water. If you can use filtered water, even better. Combine mild dish detergent with rubbing alcohol. Mix three parts dish detergent with one part standard rubbing alcohol. Alcohol works well because it has antiseptic and cleaning properties but contains a pH level of 7.0--the same pH level in water. Mix well and allow water to cool slightly. You want water to be very warm, but not scalding or extremely hot. Make sure your soap and alcohol are well mixed for a nice balance.
Buff and dry counters thoroughly. Although your counters will be clean, most cleaners may leave streaks if not dried immediately. Use a microfiber cloth to dry and buff counters. This will not only remove streaks, but enhance the countertop finish and shine. Use a new dry microfiber cloth if the other cloth becomes soggy or wet. A wet cloth won’t allow you to dry the counter so exchange the original cloth for something new.