HOW TO CLEAN GRANITE COUNTERTOPS ON A DAILY BASIS:
Professional cleaners aren’t necessary for cleaning granite counters on a daily basis. You really only need three things: Warm water, mild dishwashing liquid and a microfiber cloth. Tip: Make sure your dishwashing liquid doesn’t contain citrus extracts, as they’re too acidic for granite countertops.
To clean your counter, simply mix the water and soap in a spray bottle or your sink and apply with the microfiber cloth. As you clean, you’ll want to rinse your cloth often with clean water.
Now, here’s the really important part: After you’ve cleaned your counter, you need to dry it off with a fresh, dry microfiber cloth or paper towels. If you don’t, you could end up with water stains in the stone, and nobody wants to deal with those.
PRODUCTS TO AVOID:
As with any stone countertop, you want to avoid cleaning with vinegar or other acidic products, including commercial cleaners that use citrus oils or extracts. Using highly acidic products can wear away at the sealant, leaving your countertops looking dull and lackluster.
Additionally, acidic cleaning solutions can damage the stone itself, regardless of whether or not your counters have been sealed. This effect is called “etching,” and it can also be caused by acidic drinks like coffee, juices or sodas and even acidic foods and condiments, so be sure to clean spills immediately.
If you really want to clean your granite countertop with something other than dishwashing liquid and water, you’ll definitely need to read the manufacturer’s product recommendations. You’ll also need to read up on how to clean granite countertops on a daily basis with those products. Otherwise you run the risk of permanently damaging your countertops with etching and staining.