When people think of spring cleaning, they often think of cleaning their ceiling fans, on top of their cabinets, and under their couches, but completely forget about deep cleaning their countertops. Granite countertops can be a great addition to a kitchen, but they must be properly maintained if you want them to look as great as they can for as long as possible. The following guide provides you with a quick and easy process for spring cleaning your granite countertops.
Scrub the Countertops
Next, you need to soak a sponge in hot, soapy water and scrub the tops and sides of your countertops. You want to be sure that crumbs, grease, and grime are removed as much as possible before you start the deep cleaning process.
Remove Stuck on Messes
If you notice that there are any stuck on messes, such as stickers or syrup, you can use the edge of a razor blade or credit card to carefully push the stuck on mess into a pile and then carefully lift it away from the countertop. If you notice that the mess is not budging, set the soaked sponge on top of the mess for a few minutes and then attempt to remove the rest of the mess with the credit card or razor blade.
Remove Stains from the Countertops
Once all of the major messes have been removed from the granite, you will want to remove any stains that are visible on the countertops so they look as good as new. Take the time to determine what type of stain you are trying to remove. Coffee, tea, and soda stains can be removed using a rag dipped in hydrogen peroxide, pen and marker stains can be cleaned with a rag soaked in rubbing alcohol, and mold or mildew stains can simply be removed by scrubbing the stain with bleach.
Protect the Countertops
Use a dry rag to apply a penetrating sealer over the granite countertops to protect them from water and oil. The sealer dries quickly and ensures that there is a protective barrier over the granite to keep it from being damaged.
This process should take you a very short amount of time to complete and will leave you with countertops that look as good as new when you are finished. Clean your countertops with soap and water in between the large spring cleanings to keep them looking great.