Many homeowners are opting for granite countertops across the country, for both their durability and the added style they bring to your kitchen or bathroom. While granite countertops are renowned for their resistance to wear and tear when properly sealed, like any other surface they can still pick up stains from oil, cups of coffee, or other spills that can mar the surface. While these types of counters are not particularly difficult to clean, there are some simple do’s and don’ts to follow to ensure you don’t damage your countertop when removing unsightly stains.

What shouldn’t you use when cleaning kitchen countertops in Chicago?

Whether your countertop has been sealed or not, there is a simple list of substances to avoid using when cleaning it. Specifically, acid-based cleaners (like vinegar, lemon, orange, or bleach-based products) can ruin the sealant and leave worse stains than the ones you are trying to remove. Likewise, you should avoid disinfectant wipes or many cleaning sprays that are at least partially based on these types of materials.

What should you use to clean them properly?

For easy daily maintenance, simply use a washcloth with warm water and regular dish soap to give your counters a wipe. Ideally, you should do this every time you use the kitchen, if not daily, as this is the easiest way to avoid stain build-ups that might require more effort to remove.

If you want to disinfect your granite, simply mix equal parts isopropyl alcohol and distilled water in a spray bottle. Then, spray this mixture across your entire countertop and allow for a few minutes for the solution to settle into the surface. Finally, wipe the entire surface with a washcloth, which will leave the surface clean and help restore the shine and luster to the surface.