DO: Make sure your granite counter top is sealed.
While granite is a very hard surface and less porous than marble, unsealed or weakly sealed granite will soak up oils, spills, and stains.
How do I know if my granite has been sealed?
To check whether your granite is sealed, leave a few drops of water on the surface. If it beads up, you have a secure seal. If after a few minutes the water has soaked into the granite, then it's time to reseal the stone.
DON'T: Use harsh or abrasive cleaners and sponges, Windex, acidic cleaners like vinegar, lemon, lime, or anything with ammonia or bleach. Frequent use of these chemicals will dull and weaken the sealant over time.
DO: Use natural, water-based products that do not leave toxic chemicals on your granite surfaces.
DO: Wipe up spills as soon as you notice them.
DO: Use warm water, mild or gentle dish soap, and a nubby washcloth or microfiber cloth for daily wipedowns.
Want more tips? Check out our step by step process for how to clean granite counter tops!