How to clean granite countertops and worktops

Understanding how to clean granite worktops and countertops will help you keep your granite surfaces beautiful for longer! Read on for useful tips.

Updated 7 June 2022


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Key Steps:

  1. 1

    Simply use a small amount of water and a microfibre cloth to wipe granite worktops on a daily basis

  2. 2

    For a deeper clean, use a specialized granite cleaner

  3. 3

    Avoid using cleaning solutions with abrasive or acidic properties, such as vinegar

  4. 4

    Granite sealers can help to protect your work surfaces

Granite worktops are a beautiful addition to any kitchen preparation area or island. Many homes also have granite countertops fitted in their bathrooms as well. The stone, which is formed from volcanic magma, resembles a magnificent work of art wherever it is installed. Granite also resists heat and is extremely durable, making granite worktops a wonderful surface for preparing large family meals.

Yet these stunning features mean granite requires a lot of regular attention, to ensure it stays shining and free of marks and streaks. Cleaning granite worktops regularly with a microfibre cloth is a surefire way to keep them spot-free. Read on to learn exactly how to clean granite worktops in your home.

If you’ve got marble countertops, take a look at our guide to marble cleaning.

Remember, acidic and abrasive cleaning solutions should be avoided as they can damage your beautiful granite worktops. Always read the directions on the label of a product before using it on your granite work surfaces and test a small patch before covering the whole area.

How to Clean Granite

There are numerous methods for cleaning granite. The basic way of cleaning granite worktops is the following:

  • Dust them on a daily basis

  • Use a small amount of water and a microfibre cloth to wipe them down after every meal preparation

  • Regularly apply a granite cleaner (bought at your local hardware store) or a homemade remedy – but beware of using vinegar, as its acidic properties can completely degrade the polished stone.

Want to keep your kitchen looking its best? This video will guide you through the process of cleaning granite worktops:

What Type of Granite Cleaner Should I Use?

Not sure whether you can use the same liquid for washing your hands and cleaning your precious granite worktop? Here are some tips for choosing and using the right granite cleaner.

  • Remember that abrasive and acidic chemicals will do more harm than good to your polished surfaces. Look for a specific granite cleaner, or a product designed for kitchen surfaces, which has a safe level of cleaning power. Simply spray on and wipe off. Remember to test on a small area first to check there is no adverse reaction

  • For additional protection and lasting shine, try using a granite sealer to provide resistance against stains from spills and leftover foodstuffs

  • When using a sealer, it’s important to use water-based formulas as granite is susceptible to spot-etching and staining

  • As a natural remedy, use a mixture of non-acidic soap and warm water for cleaning granite. Rub this solution directly onto your granite worktop, and instead of washing it off, simply wipe it off with a clean towel

  • Cleaning granite worktops regularly helps keep them looking new, fresh, and magnificent. Aim to apply a granite cleaner at least twice a week to keep your surfaces looking their best.

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