DIY: Granite Cleaner to Preserve Your Countertops

Granite countertops are the best home improvement options on the market today. They can add thousands of dollars to the value of your home, improve the look of your kitchen and bathrooms, and can last for decades if they’re cared for properly. Making sure that they’re taken care of, however, can be difficult. While granite countertops that are professionally sealed require relatively little maintenance, it is important to clean them with a soap that won’t eat away at the finish.

Preserve your countertops with granite cleanerThere are a number of commercial products available that will clean your granite countertops, but many of these can cost a lot of money, especially considering that it is a product you’re likely to use everyday. It can be also be hard to know exactly what is in these commercial cleaners. Unlike food and beverages, manufacturers of these products don’t have to list all of their ingredients on the label. For these reasons, many people choose to make their own granite cleaners at home.

The following recipes work great on practically any type of sealed granite. Start with a clean, plastic spray bottle (reuse one from another cleaning product, or pick one up in the cleaning aisle). Then add the following items:

• 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol

• 2 cups water

• 2 tablespoons of dish soap

• one teaspoon of scented oil, optional

This formula costs about fifty cents to make, and it should last for about a month if you clean your counters on a daily basis. On a shelf, it should last for about six months.

Compared to the cleaning products for other types of counters, granite countertops require relatively little maintenance. A simple spray cleaner such as this one takes just a few minutes to make, and it costs a fraction of what other commercial cleaners can cost. Best of all, it’s all a homeowner has to do to take care of their granite countertops. No other cleaning products or periodic treatments are required. By using this formula, the investment you make in your granite countertops will pay off for decades.

  • Our kitchen looks awesome!

    “I wanted to tell you what a wonderful experience Mike and I had with putting in our granite counters last week. We had never done a make-over before, so when my husband suggested putting in granite counters I groaned.  Little did I know at the time how smooth and painless everyone at Premier Surfaces would make it. Every encounter was extremely professional. Our kitchen looks awesome and I really appreciate having the opportunity to work with such a great group of people. If we ever decide to do anything like that in the future we will use definitely use Premier Surfaces.”

    Mike and Janet

  • Done right the FIRST time!

    “I walked in on a Friday, and was surprised to see just how busy they were — always a good sign of how a business is doing. In the process of waiting my turn, a number of people asked if I had been assisted yet. Customer service isn’t something you get in most places these days. I walked around their facility and really got a different feel compared to how I felt at other granite shops. The selection was great, everyone was friendly, and they took the time to teach me about the differences in quality for all of the chioces of a fabricator out there. The professionalism, friendly and incredibly knowledgable staff set them apart from the other “competitors”. My kitchen looks beautiful and the investment in my home was well worth it to have it completed correctly THE FIRST TIME. I will be upgrading a few bathrooms in the future and can’t think of any other granite fabricator I’d rather use.”