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Useful guide to granite and marble cleaning

Granite and marble surfaces require special treatment while cleaning. Discover our cleaning guide to handling those tricky materials.

Natural stone countertops and surfaces look beautiful and are durable if properly taken care of but their maintenance is not as easy as that of other materials. The surface of granite is harder and less porous than marble, yet they both require some special attention. Marble cleaning will become easier and faster if you learn how to do it.

SPIC AND SPAN. wants to provide you with this extensive guide to marble and granite cleaning in order to make your life easier.

Granite and marble cleaning - useful guide
Marble is a beautiful material but it requires special maintenance

Granite and marble cleaning starts with proper sealing

Due to their porous surface, natural stones need to be sealed before using so that they don’t absorb spills and liquids. There is a number of special marble and granite sealers offered by different brands.

When the surface is properly sealed, the water won’t be soaked up, but will create beads instead.

Granite and marble cleaning - useful guide
Any water splashes should be dried up immediately

Natural stone surfaces require regular cleaning

Prevention is better than frantically seeking solutions when the problem is already there – this applies to many areas of life including cleaning, but with granite and marble it should be taken even more seriously.

When you make an effort to clean these surfaces on regular basis, they will reward you with being long-lasting and looking impressive. Since they are both porous and stain easily, you should clean up all spills as soon as possible, especially when they are strongly pigmented.

Avoid acids at all costs

Acids are natural stone’s greatest enemy and when they come into contact with its surface, it will be damaged. Vinegar and ammonia-based cleaners should never be used to clean these materials!

Please bear in mind that even a splash of lemon juice might lead to mild discoloration.

Granite and marble cleaning - useful guide
Please never put lemon or anything acidic on a marble surface!

Use a gentle cleaner

Of course you can look for a solvents specifically dedicated marble cleaning, but you might as well make one on your own. Warm water mixed with a bit of dish soap in a spray bottle is perfect for that. Be sure to use a non-abrasive cloth, for example one made of soft microfiber, in order not to scratch the surface. After cleaning, marble and granite should be dried with another soft cloth to prevent streaks and smudges.

For more thorough cleaning, a mixture of water and baking soda proves useful (it’s safe due to its alkaline reaction.)

It’s better to refrain from using all-purpose cleaners unless the label explicitly states that it’s safe for marble and granite cleaning.

Granite and marble cleaning - useful guide
It's possible to use marble countertops regularly and still keep them clean

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