There’s no better finish to a beautiful kitchen than granite worktops – and there is no easier way to neglect this beauty than to allow said worktops to become dirty. Fortunately, with just a little attention, granite can be quite easy to clean, allowing the style of your kitchen to shine through.
If you’ve got granite in your kitchen, you’ll know just how splendid it looks when it’s taken care of. With this in mind, here are a few tips on the best ways to keep your kitchen granite clean.
The simple approach
On a day to day basis, if your granite has not accrued a particularly great amount of dirt, you can clean it fairly easily. Simply mix some warm water with a small amount of washing-up liquid and wipe across granite surfaces. Be sure to use a soft dishcloth, however, as granite can be easy to scratch and very expensive to repair. When the surface is clean, rinse it with warm, clean water.
Due to the shine of granite, it is not uncommon for streaks to appear after being cleaned in this way. As these marks are due to leftover soap residue, the best way to avoid streaks is simply to ensure you do a thorough job of rinsing. To clean up any remaining marks, it can be wise to wipe the surface with a dry, micro-fibre cloth.
When you want to give your worktops a real going over, you can look into using specialist products. There are plenty of products specifically designed to treat materials such as granite, with numerous hardware stores and larger retailers stocking these items.
Sometimes the dirt we want to remove in our kitchens cannot simply be removed with a cloth and some washing-up liquid. Stained granite needs to be treated as quickly as possible, but thankfully most marks can be removed with ease.
To attack the stain, you will need to mix a paste by combining hydrogen peroxide with powdered whiting. Plenty of manufacturers stock these items, so they are safe and easy to obtain.
When your mixture has become thick (the required ratios should be found within the manufacturer’s packaging), you are ready to apply it to the stain. Do so relatively thickly but be careful not to go beyond the stain itself.
When the application process is complete, the stain and the paste should be covered and left until completely dry. Once it has been wiped away, the results should be visible. If the stain has not been satisfactorily removed, the process can be repeated.
A final word
Granite is an expensive part of your kitchen; as you probably know already. It is also a beautiful natural occurrence and while it is possible to carry out a deep clean, it is advisable to take care of the material regularly to avoid such action being necessary. Cleaning little and often is the easiest approach and the best way to keep your granite surfaces looking as good as new.Read more »