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Granite Surfaces ~ Cleaning & Care

With the proper care, your granite countertop will stay new-looking for a lifetime. Stone is one of the easiest surfaces to maintain. And granite, being 7 on the Mohs hardness scale of 1 to 10, is virtually unscratchable. (A stainless steel knife blade is a 6 on the scale.)

When sealed, granite is extremely resistant to stains. It is more resistant to acidic substances than marble.

Tips:

  • Wipe up any spills right away.
  • Clean stone surfaces with a few drops of neutral cleaner, stone soap (available in hardware stores or from a stone dealer), or mild dishwashing liquid and warm water.
  • Use a soft, clean cloth to clean the granite.
  • Reseal the countertop every three to five years. Check with the installer for recommendations. Use a non-toxic sealer on food preparation areas.
  • Ask a professional to remove or repair a scratch in granite.
  • Use coasters under all glasses, particularly those containing alcohol or citrus juices.
  • Don't use abrasive cleaners such as dry cleansers or scouring powders.
  • Do not mix cleaning products such as ammonia and bleach together - the result is toxic.