Spring Cleaning Checklist: Keeping Your Granite Slabs Sparkling and Stain-Free

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As spring rolls around, it’s the perfect time to embark on a thorough cleaning spree, refreshing our homes after the long winter months. Among the various surfaces that require attention, granite slabs stand out as both durable and elegant choices for countertops, floors and other areas. To maintain their beauty and functionality, it’s essential to incorporate proper cleaning and maintenance practices into your spring cleaning routine. At Northstar Granite Tops, we are proud to be the experts in granite slabs in Minneapolis and the surrounding Twin Cities area! Our decades of expertise have allowed us to compile a list of tips to help you clean your granite slabs this spring and all year round.

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1. Gather Your Supplies: Before diving into the cleaning process, gather all the necessary supplies. You’ll need a mild dish soap, warm water, a soft microfiber cloth or sponge, a neutral pH granite cleaner, a sealant (if necessary) and a dry cloth for drying.

2. Daily Cleaning Routine: Establish a daily cleaning routine to prevent dirt, grime and spills from accumulating on your granite slabs. Wipe down the surface with a damp cloth or sponge and a mild dish soap solution. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners, as they can damage the granite’s surface.

3. Weekly Maintenance: Set aside time each week for more thorough cleaning and maintenance. Use a granite cleaner specifically formulated for natural stone surfaces to remove any stubborn stains or residues. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully and ensure proper ventilation while cleaning.

4. Addressing Stains: For tougher stains such as wine, coffee or oil spills, create a paste by mixing baking soda with a small amount of water. Apply the paste to the stained area and let it sit for several hours or overnight. Then, gently scrub the area with a soft brush or sponge and rinse thoroughly with water.

5. Sealing Granite Slabs: Depending on the type of granite and its level of porosity, it may require periodic sealing to maintain its resistance to stains and moisture. Check the manufacturer’s recommendations or consult with a professional to determine the appropriate sealing schedule for your granite slabs.

6. Preventing Damage: While you can place hot things on granite, you may want to avoid placing extremely hot pots or pans directly on the granite surface, as extreme heat can sometimes cause thermal shock and potentially damage the stone. Use coasters or trivets under extremely hot items to protect the granite from heat-related issues.

7. Regular Inspections: Periodically inspect your granite slabs for any signs of damage or wear. Look for chips, cracks or dull spots that may indicate the need for repair or restoration. Addressing these issues promptly can prevent further damage and prolong the lifespan of your granite surfaces.

By incorporating these tips into your spring cleaning routine, you can ensure that your granite slabs remain pristine and beautiful for years to come. For more information about granite slabs in Minneapolis or the surrounding Twin Cities area, call Northstar Granite Tops at 320-963-8677 or request a free quote!