When properly sealed by the stone factory or yourself during your yearly maintenance, there isn’t much that needs to be done to keep your granite countertops looking shiny and new. While staining isn’t common when it comes to sealed granite, infrequent cleaning can result in hard water stains and build up. To prevent this from ruining your granite counters, here are four tips to keep in mind.
Clean Daily and Frequently
The best way to avoid having to deal with hard water staining and buildup is by cleaning your granite countertops on a daily basis. Give then a decent wipe down at the end of the night with the appropriate cleaning agent to ensure they stay in the best condition possible. Don’t have a granite specific cleaner? Then use mild soap, warm water and a soft cloth to get the job done. And be mindful when spills occur. Clean them up right away instead of letting the spill sit for a while. Even though granite counters are sealed on a yearly basis, this will reduce the chance of staining.
Avoid Using a Harsh Cleaner
While it might seem like a good idea to use harsh cleaning products on hard water stains, that is simply not the case. Specialty cleaning supplies that are formulated to cut through hard water stains are probably very effective at their job. However, they shouldn’t be used on a natural stone surface such as granite. It harsh chemicals can end up etching the countertop, rendering it dull and possibly permanently damaged. For this reason, stick to using strong cleaners that are specially made for granite countertops to avoid potential damage.
And Avoid Natural Cleaners Too
Even though natural cleaning products don’t contain harsh chemicals, they do contain elements that are equally as harmful to natural stone surfaces. While the preferred option for homeowners due to its eco-friendly ingredients that aren’t nearly as dangerous to others, the vinegar that’s present in many products can etch and damage the granite’s surface just as badly as harsh cleaners.
Just be Patient
For hard water stains that have built up over time, the only thing you can do is be patient while working at the stain. You won’t be able to wipe it away in a few seconds. You’ll likely have to put a lot of elbow grease into it, depending on how long the substance has been there. In order to take the crust and deposits off, use a plastic scraping tool. Make sure it’s plastic so you don’t scratch up your granite counters. Once most of the buildup is gone and the stain is all that’s left, use a specialty hard water removal spray found in your local hardware store. Let it sit for five to ten minutes before scrubbing away the remaining residue.
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