How To Clean Granite Countertops
Granite and Quartz are resilient, beautiful surfaces. Keeping them looking this way is not difficult, but is commonly not done properly. This page will provide you with the simple steps necessary to keep your granite and quartz looking beautiful and explains the common mistakes that create the dull appearance of your countertop or vanity. MARBLELIFE Granite & Quartz Countertop Cleaner is what we recommend most, however, with the proper understanding of what it takes to maintain the beauty of your granite and quartz, you should be able to decide what is the best method for yourself.
MARBLELIFE’s Granite Countertop Cleaner is specifically designed to easily remove oils, grease, food and adhesives from the small pores of your kitchen counters or bathroom vanity. This granite cleaner is very unique in that unlike most other products, it actually removes the residues left by the other products and reveals the hidden natural beauty of your stone without the need of polishing. You will be amazed at how beautiful your granite and quartz still is just by giving them a real cleaning with this best granite cleaner.
Below are listed some benefits of this product:
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[accordion_item title=”Safer For You, Safe for Granite and Quartz”]Many products today that claim to be safe for use on granite are not. Granite is a resilient surface, but can be damaged by some acids, ammonia and other chemicals in popular cleaners which are also not good for you the one using it.
More than that most other granite cleaners leave a residue that builds up over time nor do they remove all the oils which leave a residue that also builds over time. This results in a dull appearance causing most people to seek polishes to restore the shine. This frequently results in even further damage to the granite as in a countertop it rarely needs to truly be polished.[/accordion_item]
[accordion_item title=”Healthier for You & Your Family”]Many common cleaning products on the market today have unhealthy chemical fumes that are not safe for you, your pets and children. Marblelife’s Granite Countertop Cleaner is free from chemical smells.
More importantly, most cleaners do not remove the oils and grease trapped within the pores of your granite kitchen countertop or bathroom vanity. This allows oils and grease to become rancid and bread bacteria this is unhealthy for your family.
MARBLELIFE’s Granite Countertop Cleaner is superior to other cleaners in its ability to clean deep into the pores where the oils and bacteria are trapped and remove everything that is causing your counters to become unsafe. Leaving only a truly clean clear, streak-free shine and eliminating those unpleasant odors that are associated with rancid oils and grease.[/accordion_item]
[accordion_item title=”Faster & Easier Cleaning”]This Marblelife Granite & Quartz Countertop Cleaner is designed for a professional to quickly and very effectively remove all oils, grease, adhesives, dirt and debris from within the pores of granite without causing damage to the surface or the user. This makes for an extremely pleasant experience for the residential or commercial user.[/accordion_item]
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All MARBLELIFE Care Products are made in America, manufactured by MARBLELIFE in Sanford, Florida which is and has been an American owned and operated company for over 25 years.[/accordion_item]
About Granite Countertops
Granite and quartz are beautiful and resilient surfaces popular in kitchen countertops and bathroom vanities. They are popular because of their beautiful natural appearance as well as their durability. Both surfaces occur naturally in the earth and are polished to a high shine. Yet they both still have very small pores and crevasse that can trap oils and debris that can result in a dull appearance.
Both surfaces are resistant to scratches, burns and stains yet can be scratched or burnt in severe cases. Stains however, occur more easily and can be at times troublesome to get out. For this reason it is highly recommended that you seal your granite and quartz to help reduce the likelihood of stains.
Common Mistakes Cleaning Granite Countertops
There are many common mistakes caring for granite and quartz. Some of these are using vinegar, bleach, alcohol, dish soap, only water, glass cleaners and other cleaning products. We have assembled additional information regarding each of these that may be found in the “Quick Tips” section of our Homeowner University.
Some of these can cause directly can damage your stone and others fail to do the job resulting in an unhealthy surface or you attempting other more severe methods of cleaning or polishing that could damage your stone or result in spending money that you didn’t need to. Please take a minute to review some of these Quick Tips so that you can have a better understanding of how to care for your granite or quartz and can avoid some of these very common pitfalls.
The Proper Care of & Cleaning Granite & Quartz
Step 1 “Cleaning Granite” – Cleaning is the first and most important step in caring for Granite and Quartz. Making sure to use a granite cleaner that is both safe to not damage your stone as well a one that will actually remove the oils that get trapped in the pores. Additionally, your cleaner should not leave a residue. MARBLELIFE’s cleaner is not the only product that is safe and effective. It’s just that over 25 years of worldwide service of natural stone, this is the best we have experienced and what we use.
Step 2 “Sealing Granite” – Sealing your granite or quartz is the second and next most important step in caring for your granite and quartz. Sealing your granite or quartz provides both protection against stains and helps make step one cleaning easier for you. Since harmful oils and some substances can stain your beautiful stone, it is important to use a very high quality sealer.
A high quality granite countertop sealer should help keep out damaging oils and substances that would otherwise stain your beautiful countertop or vanity top. By applying a granite sealer you also help make daily cleaning quicker and easier. Sealing your granite or quartz should be done in most cases annually and in high use / high traffic areas, maybe twice a year. Marblelife Granite Countertop Sealer is an extremely high quality sealer that makes sealing your countertop affordable, quick and easy.
Step 3 “Polishing Granite” – This step is not actually polishing granite since this would actually take the use of professional honing pads and a professional’s experience. The best part is, that in many cases, when someone insists that their granite needs to be polished, it really only needs to have the residue removed. This can easily be done by you with MARBLELIFE Granite & Quartz Countertop Cleaner and by following the direction below.
After cleaning and sealing granite the only remaining step may be applying a gloss conditioner such as Marblelife’s Granite Countertop Gloss Conditioner. The truth is that a good portion of granite and quartz will not take a gloss conditioner or “polish”. The best way to see if your granite will take a gloss conditioner is to try one like MARBLELIFE’s to see if you get a noticeable improvement. If you do than simply as often or as seldom as you prefer to add that richer wetter look. If there is no noticeable difference, then you can save yourself the trouble of trying different products because your granite is too dense to accept anything safe that would enhance it’s appearance.
You may also want to try the Marblelife Granite Countertop Kit that provides you everything you need to care for your Granite and Quartz Countertops.
Repairing Granite or Quartz – You can now see that caring for your granite or quartz is simple yet care must be taken to use the right products and procedures to ensure its best appearance. Should your stone have cracks, scratches, and other damage or require any service beyond that described above, it is recommended that you contact your local MARBLELIFE Service Professional for the best care possible.
Directions: MARBLELIFE Granite Countertop Cleaner
Daily Cleaning – Since this granite cleaner works like a liquid sponge, first determine how much “stuff” you are about to clean off. This will absorb the oils and grease so if the is little to no oil film then just a simple spray, wipe and buff dry is all that is needed for a beautiful streak-free shine. If there is more oil or grease use more cleaner and rub thoroughly with a rag to loosen up the grease and lift it up into your rag. In this case it’s best to after wiping off give another light spray, wipe and buff dry to assure that all the oily residue is completely removed from your countertop. Using a microfiber towel helps to make for an even better experience in reaching a quick easy streak-free shine.
Why Buff Dry? – The importance of buffing dry is this. This is a high powered degreaser that is extremely safe for your granite and quartz. The way it works is by absorbing the oils into itself. For this reason after cleaning the surface the cleaner is now carrying debris. Buffing dry assures that all of the now contaminated cleaner is removed from the surface, leaving a wonderful streak-free shine.
Heavy Grease Cleaning – In cases where there is a significant amount of grease, such as after cooking bacon or frying, simply use more cleaner and perhaps a second application. You’ll need to provide enough cleaner to adequately absorb all of the grease from the surface. After removing all the grease from the surface, use a light spray, wipe and buff dry to finish with a beautiful, healthy, streak-free shine.
Removing Stains – There are many different types of granite and quartz with various degrees of porousness and many types of substances that could stain the stone. Therefore, there are just as many techniques for removing stains. The simplest way to remove simple stains is to use MARBLELIFE Granite Countertop Cleaner. Clean area thoroughly first with this cleaner then stray a puddle of this same cleaner over the stain and let if soak for about 10 minutes. After allowing to soak scrub with a tooth brush and wipe off with a microfiber towel. This should resolve most simple, light stains.
For More Assistance
If you have questions about how to best care for your stone, would like help in choosing the right products or would like assistance solving a problem, please contact us. We absolutely enjoy assisting you and have over 25 years compiled a wealth of knowledge that we are eager to share with you. You can email us at CustomerCare@MARBLELIFE.com or call us toll free at 1-866-653-9737.