How to Clean Your Granite Benchtops (The Safe Way)

Granite benchtops are a popular choice for kitchens and bathrooms in Perth, thanks to their durability, beauty, and ability to withstand daily wear and tear.

If you’ve opted for a granite benchtop, you already know the elegance and functionality that granite brings to your bathroom or kitchen.

However, like any other surface, granite requires proper cleaning and maintenance to keep it looking its best. If you’re a proud owner of a stone benchtop, it’s essential to understand the process of cleaning and caring for granite to ensure they remain in pristine condition for years to come.

In this article, we’ll break down the process of cleaning, maintaining, and protecting your granite benchtop. Whether you’re new to granite or a seasoned owner, these tips will help you keep your benchtops looking their best.

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  • 1. Gather Your Supplies

    Before you begin cleaning your granite benchtops, gather the necessary supplies. You’ll need:

    • A soft cloth or microfiber towel
    • Warm water
    • Mild dish soap
    • pH-balanced stone cleaner (optional)
    • Granite sealer
    • P.S. Make sure the cloth or towel is clean and free from any debris that could potentially scratch the surface.

      2. Daily Cleaning

      For day-to-day cleaning of your granite benchtops, start by wiping down the surface with a damp cloth or sponge. Warm water and mild dish soap are usually sufficient for removing everyday spills and stains. Avoid using abrasive scrubbers or harsh chemicals, as they can damage the granite’s natural beauty and shine. Be aware though that by using a dish soap you will leave detergent residue on the surface. For those who prefer a streak-free finish, especially for darker reflective colours, then a ph neutral cleaner such as MB Stonecare’s MB5 ‘Stone & More’ will give the perfect, streak free clean every time.

      3. Deeper Cleaning

      If your granite benchtops need a more thorough cleaning, you can use a pH-balanced stone cleaner specifically designed for granite and other natural stone surfaces. MB Stonecare’s ‘Stone & More’ is a streak free, pH neutral cleaner which is food safe and doesn’t require rinsing. Water will leave streaks on granite the same way it will when washing windows with water.  The MB5 will leave a perfect finish free of streaks on not only your granite but also on glass splashbacks, stainless steel range hoods, fridges, windows and mirrors. If you decide to use just a wet cloth or dish soap for daily cleaning of your granite, we recommend that you use a cleaner such as MB5 at least once a week to remove the residue or it will build up over time leaving your granite looking dull and lifeless. You could even use a polish such as MB Stonecare’s MB13 Stone Polish for that extra shine.

      4. Removing Stains

      Granite is relatively stain-resistant, but some stubborn stains may still occur – especially in kitchen settings. To remove stains, create a paste by mixing baking soda with a small amount of acetone to form a thick, toothpaste-like consistency. Apply it 1cm thick to the stained area and cover it with plastic wrap. Make sure it’s weighted down so no air can get in from the top. Let it sit overnight, then wipe clean and rinse. Be patient, as some stains may require multiple applications.

      5. Sealing Granite

      To protect your granite benchtops from stains and damage, it’s essential to seal them regularly.

      Granite is a porous natural stone, and sealing helps prevent liquids from penetrating the surface. The frequency of sealing depends on the type of granite and its usage. Some granites may need sealing every six months, while most can go a year or more between applications. Darker coloured granites may not need sealing at all due to their density.

      You can perform a simple water test to determine if your benchtops need sealing: sprinkle a few drops of water on the surface, and if it slowly darkens the granite, it’s time to reseal.

      6. Avoid Common Mistakes

      To maintain the beauty of your granite benchtops, it’s essential to avoid common cleaning mistakes. Do not use acidic cleaners, as they can break down the sealer faster.  A PH neutral cleaner is always best. Additionally, stay away from abrasive cleaners, steel wool, or rough scouring pads, as they can scratch the granite. Never clean your oven trays with oven cleaner on the surface as this is strong enough to etch granite. As is the coffee maker descaler. Always use a cutting board when chopping or slicing to prevent damage from knives, though granite will withstand this better than engineered stone.

      7. Preventative Measures

      Taking preventative measures can also extend the life of your benchtops. Use coasters under glasses and cups to prevent stains. Place trivets or hot pads under hot pots and pans to avoid thermal shock, which can crack the granite. Be mindful of spills and clean them up promptly to prevent staining.

      8. Regular Inspection

      Periodically inspect your benchtops for any signs of damage or wear. Check for chipping, cracks, or areas where the sealant may have worn off. Early detection of issues can help you address them before they become more significant problems.

      9. Repairing Chips and Cracks

      If you notice any chips or cracks in your granite benchtops, it’s best to address them promptly. Ignoring these issues can lead to further damage and may compromise the structural integrity of the stone.

      10. Professional Cleaning and Polishing

      While regular cleaning and maintenance can keep your granite benchtops looking great, it’s a good idea to give your bench a good wax and deep clean every now and again, which you can do yourself.

      Professional stone technicians have the knowledge, tools, and expertise to deep clean and restore the shine of your granite surfaces, leaving them looking brand new

      If you wish to pay to get it done.

      It’s worth noting that not all granite is the same. The maintenance requirements can vary depending on the type of granite you have. Some granite varieties are more porous and require more frequent sealing, while others are denser and may be less prone to staining. Understanding the specific characteristics of your granite can help you tailor your cleaning and maintenance routine accordingly.

      Is a Granite Benchtop a Suitable Investment?

      Granite benchtops are not just functional; they also add value and aesthetic appeal to your home.

      Properly maintained granite can be a long-lasting investment that enhances the overall value of your property. It’s important to view the care and maintenance of your granite benchtops as an investment in your home’s future.

      Use These Tips to Protect Your Benchtops

      Granite benchtops are a fantastic choice due to their beauty and durability.

      Proper care and maintenance are essential to ensure that your granite benchtops continue to enhance your space for many years.

      By following the cleaning and maintenance steps outlined in this article and staying proactive in your care routine, you can enjoy the timeless beauty of your granite benchtops while protecting your investment.

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