Now that you know how to clean your granite countertops, it is important to know how to choose the type of cleaner you will be applying. A few ideas you should consider before purchasing a cleaner are the chemical make-up and the effectiveness of the product.
As we previously mentioned, cleaning your countertops with harsh and abrasive cleaners can etch the finish and dull the look of your granite. If these cleaners can have this effect on a resilient natural stone, how much more are you affecting your body when you breath in or come in contact with these chemicals? Though our bodies are equally as resilient, wouldn’t it put your mind that much more at ease using a product that has ingredients that are safe for you and your granite?
Currently, there are several brands of organic or all-natural granite cleaners on the market. Marble Maverick by Greenbean, Habitat Organic Granite Cleaner, Method Granite Cleaner or Polish, Next to Godliness all purpose cleaner by Trader Joes, and Supreme Surface Granite Cleaner and Conditioner, are just a few that are sold today.
Remember to find a cleaner that is pH-neutral rather than just pH-balanced. Advertising can be misleading and these terms are significantly different, so always check the product information for the specific terminology, pH-neutral.
Bio-degradable, naturally derived, and non-toxic are other good terms to look for when purchasing your cleaner. These terms will ensure that the product is safe to use on food prep areas and will not have accumulative effects on your health when coming into contact with it.
Finally, when purchasing your cleaner, you may ask yourself what you want the cleaner to do for you and your countertops. Do you want the product to have a pleasant scent? Do you want it to be rinse-free, streak-free, residue and build-up free? Do you want it to clean, polish, protect and seal all at once?
If you want a cleaner that is all inclusive, we highly recommend Supreme Surface Granite Cleaner and Conditioner. While many cleaners will clean and possibly polish your granite, not many can promise to accomplish all four while being completely safe and naturally derived, but we certainly can!
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