Granite has a few weaknesses that can cause damage that many people don’t realize, particularly when they are just cleaning it, despite that it is fairly durable and to an extent, resilient. With a bit of care and proper maintenance, your granite tile will look amazing for years to come, however, using the wrong cleaners and techniques is frequently the cause to the downfall of granite surfaces. For proper and safe care and maintenance of your granite tile, we at Silver State Floor Restoration would like to offer some recommendations.
Supplies to Clean Granite
Gather the following:
– Soft Sponge
– Plastic Wrap
– Or Approved Granite Cleaner
– Mixing Bucket
– Mild Dish Soap
– Hydrogen peroxide
– Baking Soda
– 3 Microfiber Cloths
Granite Cleaning Method
1) Ready the sponge. Never use an abrasive scrubbing pad or it could scratch the granite’s surface. Moisten the sponge and add dab of mild liquid dish soap into the center of the sponge. Place under the faucet briefly to dilute. A microfiber cloth works as well if you prefer.
2) Remove excess moisture from the sponge. Wring out the excess water after you worked the sponge or cloth up unto a lather. Be sure to limit the moisture content since if too much standing water collects beneath the surface, it can easily become discolored as granite is a highly absorbent natural stone.
3) Wipe down the granite tile. Wash the entire surface using small circular patterns with gentle- to moderate pressure. Avoid non-abrasives to work out the crusts and if necessary, use a little extra muscle for any dried-on splatters.
4) Ensure the surface is completely dry. Fully dry the granite tile, wipe it down with a dry microfiber cloth. This eliminates the streaks to increase the eye-popping shine in addition to protecting it from excessive moisture damage.
5) Removing any stains. Granite can usually resist stains; however, they still can happen. Fortunately, the stains can come out easily with a few ingredients most people already have in their pantries usually. For water-based stains, combine baking soda and hydrogen peroxide (create a paste). With baking soda and water (make a paste), remove oil-based stains. Spread the paste over the stain using a spoon and then place plastic wrap over the top and tape the edges down. Leave the paste on the stain until dry (can take a few days) and use a damp microfiber cloth to wipe it clean.
6) Professional cleaning and maintenance services. Sealant really helps the granite resist the stains. The sealant will dissipate over time which will leave the granite more susceptible to staining. A professional deep cleaning and sealing service 1-2 times a year or more if you notice the little stains increasing needs to be done for your granite tiles.
What NOT to Use to Clean Granite Surfaces
The granite tile should avoid the cleaners and implements below otherwise; you can cause irreversible damage.
– Steel Wool
– Scrubby Sponges / Pads
– Bleach / Bleach-Based Products
– Ammonia / Ammonia-based Cleaners, like Windex.
– Acidic Juices (use coasters on countertops).
– Acidic Cleaners such lemon, lime, citrus, and vinegar.
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Call the experts of Silver State Floor Restoration and let our team of specialists take on the care of your granite tile when your granite tile is need of the deep professional cleaning and sealing.