One of the most popular options for countertops is granite. This natural stone is not only beautiful, but also very durable and stain-resistant.
Nevertheless, in order to maintain the beauty and the integrity of your piece, granite requires regular and specific cleaning before sealing to keep your natural stone counters looking great for years to come.
If your stone is looking a little dull or there are some stains on the surface, it’s time to deep clean and seal them. But, how to clean granite before sealing exactly?
Fortunately, cleaning a countertop is an easy task and can be done in a day, and if you are here, you will find a step-by-step guide that will answer all your questions.We will give you valuable tips to make the job easier!
How to clean granite before sealing?
As mentioned earlier, cleaning countertops is not a difficult thing to do, all you need to do is grab some cleaning products and get ready to scrub a lot.
It’s important to mention that you need to plan all the cleaning at least 24 hours before sealing and also make sure to avoid damaging liquids and foods, like vinegar, lemon juice, tomatoes, etc. on the surface.
First, you need to grab some things:
- Kitchen sponge
- Baking soda (optional)
- Soft cloths
- Razorblade (optional)
- Isopropyl alcohol
- Gloves for protection
- Spray bottle
Now that you have everything you need, you can start the cleaning process, follow the next steps to clean your countertop!
Step 1: Clear your counters
Remove all the items from the surface by putting them over the kitchen table or stove top, and after the counters are free, brush away any debris with a dry sponge.
Step 2: Scrub the Surface
A lot of people think that to deep clean a countertop you need abrasive cleaners like bleach or ammonia, but actually, detergent and warm water can do the trick.
Add the detergent and warm water to a sponge, then start to scrub in different directions, and if there are any stubborn stains you can put more effort into it, just be careful to not scratch the granite.
Step 3: Remove harsh stains
It’s really common for countertops to have harsh stains that don’t come off just by scrubbing, to solve this problem you use a paste made of baking soda and water. Once the paste is ready, apply it on a soft cloth and scrub the stained spot, then rinse thoroughly and, if necessary, repeat the process.
Step 4: Scrape harsh stains
You did the previous steps, and it didn’t work? You can remove some harsh stains with a razor blade by scraping off the gunk on the countertop.
While using the razor blade, just be careful to not scratch the surface and make sure that the entire edge of the blade rests on the counter, after it is all gone, rinse your sponge and wipe up the suds. Don’t forget to wear protective gloves while dealing with razors.
Step 5: Disinfect the Surface
The last step of cleaning is to disinfect the surface, and you can do it with a homemade mixture of isopropyl alcohol and water.
In a spray bottle, create a 50/50 mixture of water and alcohol, then spray the entire surface with the mixture and wait for 5 minutes, then with a soft cloth wipe everything off the counters and let it dry.
Why is cleaning before sealing is so important?
Cleaning and removing any dirt and stains from the granite countertops is crucial, especially when it comes to sealing the surface.
If you seal them before cleaning, all the debris and dirt will be trapped under the sealer coats and will not come out until it weakens, which can take a lot of time depending on the sealer.
Also, if you don’t get rid of all the dirt the sealer won’t be able to get penetrate the stone properly and won’t fully protect the material.
Cleaning your countertop regularly is also recommended to protect and maintain the beauty of the granite slab.
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