How To Clean Granite Countertops In An Eco-Friendly Way
Whether you need a sealant or not, you will also have to be very careful about how you clean a granite countertop. Make sure that you do not use any cleaning products with toxic chemicals, or which pose a risk to your own health, or to the environment.
With a countertop made from granite or another porous stone, you will also have to avoid using anything too acidic – such as vinegar or citrus acids. Since these can mark the stone. Granite is durable, but it will be blemished if it is cleaned with acidic ingredients. If you spill acids on a granite countertop, you will need to wipe them off right away.
Often, you will simply be able to wipe down your granite countertops with a solution of water and Castile soap, or other natural soaps or natural dishwashing liquids. However, to sanitise your worktop, it is a good idea to add something that will kill bacteria and other micro-organisms, and avoid any issues with food safety.
Alcohol is one thing that can be used to ensure that the surface is sanitary for food prep. You might use a strong and clear drinking alcohol, like vodka, as in this recipe:
1 part vodka
4 parts water
3-5 drops of liquid Castile soap or similar.
Or you might use rubbing alcohol, as in the recipe below:
1 part rubbing alcohol
4 parts water
3 drops liquid Castile soap or eco dishwashing liquid
Optionally, you can also use a few drops of your favourite essential oil (not citrus however). Essential oils such as lavender for example can also have anti-bacterial properties and will also mask the strong smell of rubbing alcohol.
For stubborn stuck on food or oil-based stains, you can use a paste made of:
1 part bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
1 part water
This paste should be applied to the stain or stuck on food, and left for hours (or overnight for stubborn oil/fat stains). Once dried, it should be rinsed off.
Remember, granite countertops should be dried off carefully after cleaning to prevent further staining.
With the above tips, you should be able to keep your granite countertop looking great for years to come.
Final words :
A granite countertop is a long-lasting option. It can be a practical choice for some kitchens. But if you have a granite countertop there are certain things that you may have to consider when using and cleaning the surface.
Granite is obviously a quarried material, and a finite resource. And it can be costly to the environment in terms of the raw material and how it is obtained. But you may be able to find reclaimed granite countertops, and this can significantly reduce its carbon cost and impact. Since granite countertops can be hardwearing and last a very long time. They could be a reasonably sustainable option for your kitchen.