When it comes to cleaning your granite countertops chantilly va, most consumers will go above and beyond the call of duty to do the job right. Unfortunately, they’re often doing more harm than good because they are using the wrong tools for the task.
They think that disinfecting the granite means choosing harsh abrasives, be it a rough sponge or scrubber or chemicals that are far too powerful, such as bleach, chlorine, ammonia, vinegar, or other citrus-based ingredients.
All of these things should be avoided entirely, mainly because these abrasive and acidic elements can do serious damage to the surface by physically scratching it and/or eating away the sealant that’s been applied directly to the granite.
We seal granite countertops so they remain sanitary and prevent the spread of germs. That’s because granite is a porous material that can absorb liquids and the food-borne bacteria that might be found within them. If a porous surface soaks in bacteria-laden elements, that countertop will be rendered all but useless as you’ll never want to touch, much less prep food on, it ever again.
So that’s why avoiding harsh abrasives is so important, using them can and will eat away at the protectant that is keeping your granite safe from bacterial infection.
The Disinfecting Process
You may be surprised to find out that it’s not really much of a “process” at all, disinfecting your granite countertop can actually be accomplished with some of the most basic items you have around the house. All it takes is a little hot water, a touch of common dish soap, and a soft towel or cloth.
That’s it. Warm water is good for routine cleaning, but disinfecting needs hot water. So crank up the temperature and give it a hot bath with some dish soap mixed in. You won’t really need much else to get the job done.
However. I feel like there are a few of you out there who are really concerned about germs and aren’t quite convinced that hot water and soap is the answer. Well, for all you germaphobes who may be just a bit skeptical, you can add about three or four tablespoons of isopropyl alcohol along with that dish soap in your hot water.
Mix it all together and pour it into a spray bottle. Then, spray away, covering the entire granite surface from one end to the other. Don’t be stingy either, this mix cost you pretty much next to nothing so you can use as much as you want.
When you’re done spraying, let the granite sit there wet for about five to ten minutes. After that, get your nice soft dry cloth and wipe the granite surface dry. But considering what your disinfecting mixture is made from, go with a white cloth or towel. Avoid any cloth or towel that has been dyed or the granite could become stained. Just be careful and be sure you’re not adding any colors to your granite countertop that you don’t want getting left behind.