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How to Clean and Maintain Your Granite Kitchen Top

June 12, 2023


Granite kitchen tops, with their rich patterns and robustness, can be the centerpiece of any kitchen. However, as with any natural material, they require care to maintain their luster and prolong their lifespan. This article will guide you through the steps needed to keep your granite kitchen top in its best condition.

Why Granite Needs Special Care

Granite, a natural stone, is porous. This means it can absorb liquids, leading to stains if not properly sealed and maintained. Its surface can also be scratched by abrasive materials. Therefore, caring for granite goes beyond ordinary cleaning to include measures that protect its natural beauty and integrity.

Everyday Cleaning

Cleaning your granite kitchen top daily is a simple process:

  1. Wipe the surface with a soft cloth or sponge.
  2. Use a mild dishwashing liquid or a cleaner specifically designed for granite. Avoid using acidic or abrasive cleaners as they can damage the granite.
  3. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and dry with a microfiber cloth to prevent water spots and streaks.

Deep Cleaning

Over time, your granite top may require a deep cleaning to remove stubborn stains:

  1. Make a paste of baking soda and water for oil-based stains, or baking soda and hydrogen peroxide for water-based stains.
  2. Apply the paste to the stain, cover with plastic wrap, and let it sit overnight.
  3. Rinse with warm water and dry with a soft cloth.

Sealing Granite Kitchen Tops

Sealing granite kitchen tops is essential to protect them from stains:

  1. Choose a quality sealer designed for granite.
  2. Clean the granite top thoroughly and allow it to dry.
  3. Apply the sealer according to the manufacturer's instructions, usually by wiping it on with a soft cloth.
  4. Allow the sealer to penetrate the granite (typically 15 minutes to an hour).
  5. Wipe off the excess sealer and allow the granite to dry.

You should seal your granite top regularly – every six months to a year, depending on usage.

Preventing Damage

Here are a few tips to prevent damage to your granite kitchen top:

  1. Use coasters under cups or glasses and placemats for dishes and silverware.
  2. Use cutting boards when chopping or slicing.
  3. Wipe up spills immediately to prevent staining.
  4. Avoid placing hot pots and pans directly on the granite top.


Maintaining your granite kitchen top is a small investment of time that pays off by extending its lifespan and preserving its stunning appearance. With daily cleaning, periodic deep cleaning, and regular sealing, your granite kitchen top can be a source of pride for years to come.

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