Do you know how to reseal granite countertops in the kitchen? And how should I clean the granite in the future?
Lois B., Grand Rapids
I can tell you how to reseal granite, and how to thoroughly clean your countertops as well. Let’s begin with how to clean it since you’ll need to do that before you reseal the surface.
First, when cleaning granite counters, avoid using abrasive or harsh cleaners like powdered cleanser, ammonia, bleach, or vinegar. These items can irreparably damage your granite countertops and leave you with an even bigger problem than dirt.
Instead, choose a mild dish soap or another pH neutral cleaner designed for washing granite. Mix the soap with warm water and use a microfiber cloth to wipe down the surface of the stone. Use another cloth to dry the countertop to leave it shiny and spotless.
After you wipe down the granite, let it sit for another 20 minutes to be sure it’s completely dry. Then you can apply a commercial sealing product or granite sealer to the stone. Choose one that’s designed to seal granite – your local hardware store may be able to help you decide which sealer is appropriate for your needs.
Depending on the container, you might need to transfer the sealant to a spray bottle. It’s best to use a clean, dry one, or a brand new bottle. Spray the entire surface of the granite, even the edges. Then let the sealant sink into the stone for 15 minutes.
After that time passes, use a paper towel to remove any excess sealant that didn’t penetrate into the granite. You’ll probably have to clean the surface again to clear away the hazy residue. Just repeat the process with mild soap, warm water, and microfiber cloth. Now you’re done!
While you shouldn’t use abrasive cleaners on granite, you may be able to use them to remove grease from kitchen cabinets. Over time, grease can accumulate on your upper and lower cabinets, leaving a sticky and unsightly mess behind.
Vinegar and baking soda, ammonia, and dish soap can all contribute to clean, grease-free cabinets. Be careful not to rub too hard and wipe the surface of any cleaning residue when you get finished. Now your granite countertops and kitchen cabinets will both shine!
For more details on caring for granite and other types of stone countertops, please see this article: https://www.tipsbulletin.com/how-to-clean-and-seal-countertops-granite-quartz-and-more/