The Busy Kitchen Culprit
The perfect countertop truly ties together a kitchen. It’s also likely your most-used space in the room. Unfortunately, this makes it a convenient dumping ground for things like tablets, cell phones, school bags, arts and craft supplies, dirty dishes and left over food and debris from meal preparation. If you feel like you’re constantly cleaning your countertops, it’s for a reason. These large flat surfaces provide convenient landing pads for a number of airborne particles and are, therefore, always in need of maintenance. Keeping that showroom look and shine is difficult to maintain. Luckily, we have some tips to keep it within your reach.
It's recommended to not use an ordinary cleaning product to clean granite. The newest technology uses peroxide and detergents to penetrate soiled areas. Simply spray a surface-appropriate product on the soiled area, allow it to penetrate for a few minutes, then wipe clean. Baking soda can be sprinkled on if a more abrasive cleaning action is needed. Repeat if necessary. Granite can be cleaned using warm, sudsy water (a mild agent such as dish detergent or laundry detergent is fine) or a solution of borax and water. Thoroughly rinse and buff dry. Wipe up any spills as they happen so they don't soak in, and always dry countertops after washing the dishes. Microfiber cloths are great for buffing your counters as a final step in the cleaning process to restore their original sheen.
Stain-causing bacteria and dust are constantly collecting and growing on these large, wide surfaces. As a compliment to your cleaning regiment, you should consider buying a product with built-in antimicrobial solution. Typically this solution includes small particles of silver that are built into man-made stone countertops. This built-in antimicrobial technology is designed to provide an inhospitable environment for stain-causing bacteria. It is durable, effective and will not wash off or wear away, so your countertops are working for you in between cleanings.