Three easy ways to maintain these hardworking kitchen surfaces.

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Laurey W. Glenn

Granite countertops have proven their reliable position in the kitchen. These durable, hardworking stone surfaces are heat resistant, scratch resistant, nonporous (when sealed), and relatively all-around low-maintenance. Granite is a pricier option for countertops, and they’re difficult to install. Here, three easy ways to protect your investment and give granite countertops some TLC.

Keep granite countertops clean with daily wipe downs. Granite should be sealed after it’s installed. The sealant makes the surface nonporous and antibacterial. Washing the countertops daily with soap and water will keep them clean and sanitary. Use a mild liquid dishwashing detergent. Be sure it doesn’t contain citrus—acidic solutions will tear away at granite’s sealant. Avoid vinegar, bleach, window cleaner, and other abrasive products for the same reason. (Granite countertops should be resealed every few years, but precautions like these will keep the surfaces stronger for longer.) Spread soapy water over the countertops with a soft cloth. Dry them with another soft cloth to avoid streaking or water stains.

Give granite countertops a deeper clean every few days. Use a specialty stone cleaning product—like Granite Gold Daily Cleaner Spray or Bar Keepers Friend Granite & Stone Cleaner & Polish. For a homemade solution, mix equal parts rubbing alcohol and water in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture over the granite surfaces, let it sit for a few minutes, rinse with water, and then wipe dry with a soft cloth.

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Don’t panic if your surface gets stained. The experts at Maid Brigade suggest two methods for removing unsightly stains. If it’s water based: Mix baking soda with hydrogen peroxide, and spread it over the stain. If it’s oil based: Mix baking soda and water, and cover the stain. Let the solutions sit for a few hours. (If it’s a tougher, deeper stain, let the solutions sit overnight.) Scrape off the solutions and rinse the area, then wipe clean with a soft cloth.  

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