If you’ve decided to install granite counters in your bathroom or kitchen, you won’t be disappointed. Granite is a gorgeous, durable material that is perfect for any countertop surface. But it’s important to know from day one how to properly clean those counters. Granite is very different from laminate, so you should know how to care for your know counters in the right way. Keep reading to learn more about how to clean and disinfect granite countertops in Atlanta.

Always Make Sure It’s Sealed

First and foremost, when your granite countertops are installed, you need to make sure that those counters are properly sealed. While granite is a very hard and durable surface, it is a porous material. This means that, when left unsealed or if not sealed properly, they can soak up spills, which can lead to staining and buildup of bacteria.

So, the best thing you can do to keep your granite countertops clean and bacteria-free are to make sure that it’s sealed. If you already have granite counters and you’re not sure if they’ve been sealed, leave a few drops of water on your counters. If the water beads, then you have a good seal. If the water begins to soak into the granite after a few minutes, then it needs to be resealed.

Gentle Daily Cleaning

You don’t want to use any harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaning elements on your granite countertops. This can scratch or pock the surface of the sealant, leaving grooves that are perfect for bacteria accumulation. Use a soft washcloth (microfiber, for example) and dip it in warm water mixed with a mild soap or detergent. Wipe down the granite every day to keep it clean and avoid any buildup.

How to Deeply Disinfect

As mentioned above, you shouldn’t be using any strong cleaners on your granite. If the counters are properly sealed, soap and warm water will keep bacteria at bay. However, if you do want deeper disinfection of the counters, use a 50/50 solution of water and 91% isopropyl alcohol. Spray this over the countertops and allow to sit for 3 to 5 minutes. Rinse with clean water, then dry and shine with a soft cloth.

Avoid any ammonia-based cleaners or cleaners that contain bleach, as this can damage your counters. You also shouldn’t be doing this deeper level of cleansing more than once a month. As already stated, those daily wipe downs will keep your counters plenty clean.

Protecting Your Counters

In addition to sealing your countertops, there are a few other steps you can take to prevent the buildup of any bacteria on your granite. Wipe up spills immediately and use a cutting board—especially when cutting things like chicken that will leave dangerous germs on your counter’s surface. This will not only keep your counters cleaner but will prevent any scratching or chipping of the sealant.

You should also be aware that granite countertops do sometimes need to be resealed. By staying on top of this maintenance, you’ll ensure that your granite counters not only stay beautiful but that they’re sealed and protected from bacteria.

If you’re looking to install granite or quartz countertops in Atlanta, contact Atlantis Granite & Marble at 678-292-6600.