Caring for Granite Countertops
Welcome back to The Townes at Mill Run Blog. Today we’re focusing on one of the amenities members of our apartment community love: our granite countertops. Today we have some tips about how to keep them looking like new.
Granite is a durable, versatile material which has been used for decades. It’s wonderful for countertops because it comes in a nice variety of colors and patterns, and it’s easy to clean. A properly cared for granite countertop will last decades. First, let’s go over the things you shouldn’t do to a granite countertop.
— Use abrasive scrubbers or sponges (a nylon covered sponge is okay).
— Use harsh cleaners (such as bathroom cleaner or grout cleaner)
— Use cleaners containing bleach or ammonia or other acidic cleaners including vinegar or lemon juice
Frequent use of these types of cleaners will ruin the sealant over time. Check the label and only use commercial cleaners specifically labeled as safe for granite. However, there is no need for expensive cleaners.
How to Clean Granite Countertops
1) Wet your washcloth in warm, soapy water. (Just fill the sink and add mild dish soap.)
2) Wipe down the countertop with a soft dishcloth. (One with nylon nubs is okay.)
3) Dry countertops with a dry microfiber or terry cloth towel to prevent streaking.
Periodic Deep Cleaning and Stain Care
Periodically do a deep cleaning of your granite countertops. For this use a commercially prepared all-purpose cleaner.
Use isopropyl alcohol to periodically disinfect, remove soapy residue, and restore shine to your countertop. Mix together a 50:50 solution of 91% isopropyl alcohol and water in a spray bottle. Spray on and let sit for three to five minutes. Then rinse your counters and dry with a microfiber towel.
For stubborn stains, start with a baking soda paste. (For water stains mix baking soda with a small amount of hydrogen peroxide. For oil-based stains mix the baking soda with water.) Spread paste over the stain and cover with plastic wrap. Tape down the edges and leave overnight; then remove the plastic wrap, rinse, and wipe down with a soft cloth.
Now that your countertops are clean and shiny, head on out to your favorite Owings Mills, MD restaurant for dinner, because who wants to mess up a clean kitchen? What is your favorite amenity here at The Townes at Mill Run? Let us know in the comments.