Luckily, you probably already have it on hand! 

Laurey W. Glenn

If you’ve redone your kitchen in the past couple decades, there’s a good chance you’ve opted for the many perks that come with granite countertops. They’re stain and bacteria resistant, they have that satisfyingly clean shine, and they can take the heat. The variations in the natural stone give it a unique appeal, and it comes in an endless array of colors.

Now, without returning to Geology 101 or Natural Sciences, granite is quite a tough surface and less porous than say, marble. But, it can still be susceptible to permeation, especially if it’s something acidic. The surface is dependent upon its sealant to keep everything out, and most (but not all!) granite counters may need re-sealing every year or two. (Be sure to check your specific type though.)

To keep up all the “pros” of granite, it’s important to create some habits out of countertop cleaning and maintenance.

For one, always wipe up spills immediately, which you probably would anyways. (So maybe granite isn’t the right choice for say, college kids.)

Two, clean regularly with mild soap and water--we love when the best way to do something is also the cheapest and easiest. Try to avoid cleaners with harsh chemicals and anything acidic, like lemon, lime, and vinegar. These unfortunately can break down the sealant and therefore weaken the counters over time.

This works two-fold. One, using a mild cleanser helps preserve the sealant, which therefore maintains the surface’s natural resistance to bacteria. Two, it’s just a good old fashioned wipe down.

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There are also plenty of granite-specific and granite-safe cleansers out there, which you can buy and rotate in as well. Just know, you don’t have to. I mean, dish soap is pretty inexpensive after all.

Other than that, just make sure your sealant is maintained, and your wine stays its glass.