When you choose to install granite tiles or slabs in your home, you’ll have to make a commitment to keeping this natural stone looking great. One of the advantages of granite is its resiliency. When compared to marble, granite countertops are superior in terms of stain resistance and overall durability. Notwithstanding this resiliency, granite requires special care, which means using the right cleaning product. Here are some things you should know when choosing the best granite cleaner.
Stay Away from Common Household Cleaners
The common household cleaners you buy at your local supermarket to clean your kitchen and bathroom surfaces won’t work on granite. In fact, most of them may contain chemicals that will end up damaging your stone. Even organic cleaners may contain vinegar, an acidic substance that strips away the protective seal and penetrates granite through its pores. Once this happens, unwanted chemical reactions may occur, such as etching or permanent stains, particularly when strong pigments are involved.
Check out this quick video explaining why you shouldn’t use common household cleaners on granite and other types of natural stone:
You Need a pH-Balanced Cleaner
The best cleaner you can use for natural-stone maintenance must be formulated in a way that balances its alkaline and acidic levels. If you look at the product labels of some household cleaners, you’ll find that many display pH levels higher or lower than 7, which means they have caustic or corrosive properties. While these properties are effective for cleaning surfaces such as ceramics, fiberglass, aluminum steel, and laminate materials, they can be harmful to granite and other types of natural stone. For this reason, you should only use a pH-balanced cleaner. Keep in mind that granite is the result of geological processes and chemical reactions that took place over millions of years, and negative reactions can take place if the stone comes in contact with highly acidic or alkaline substances.
You Don’t Want Streaks on Your Granite
When you have to clean granite counters that feature honed and polished finishing, ending up with streaks can be frustrating, and this is a problem you’ll run into with many common household cleaners even if they’re gentle. The best cleaner for granite surfaces won’t leave streaks.
Granite Gold Daily Cleaner®
To safely disinfect natural stone, mix mild antibacterial dish soap with warm water and apply to the surface. Let it sit for five minutes and wipe away. Following, to prevent or remove streaks, use Granite Gold Daily Cleaner®. Your granite deserves a cleaner that won’t weaken the protective seal, stain the surface, or leave streaks. Granite Gold Daily Cleaner® is specially formulated for natural-stone surfaces. It’s pH balanced and easy to use when cleaning countertops. Since this product doesn’t contain phosphates or ammonia, it can be safely used to clean glass, ceramic tile, and other surfaces.
If you have granite flooring, Granite Gold® also offers a granite stone and tile floor cleaner. All of our products are also safe to use on marble, slate, travertine, and all other types of natural stone. To learn more about Granite Gold®, reach out to us today at 1-800-475-STONE (7866).
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Lenny Sciarrino (aka Lenny S) and Lenny Pellegrino (aka Lenny P) grew up in the family business and are co-founders of Granite Gold®.