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A granite countertop cleaner is a special cleanser designed to facilitate the long-term beauty and maintain the surface of this type of countertop. It is vitally important that you do not deviate from the proscribed cleaner or maintenance routine for your granite countertop. In the same way stone is hard and resilient, it is also quite absorbent and even vulnerable to being invaded by food particles. To that end, it is vital that you not only use cleaner but also utilize the proper sealant and soft cotton cloths on this countertop.

While you may initially scoff at the price of many of the granite countertop cleaner products, it is best to see it as an investment in your granite. If you take great care and ensure the proper cleaner is used, you can enjoy a longer product lifetime. A simple, standard spray bottle of cleaner can run fifteen dollars. You may feel tempted to find alternatives on the Internet, such as making your own cleaner, but that may cost you dearly in the long run. There are special exceptions made for the process of stain removal from your fine granite countertop.

If you accidentally spill anything on your granite kitchen countertop, immediately blot the spill to prevent the liquid from being absorbed by the granite. It is important that you actually use water and some dish soap, though sparingly, to pick up some of the soiled matter from the countertop. Rinse the water off, and then immediately dry the remaining water. After that step, the granite countertop cleaner will differ depending upon the stain that you have on your granite.

Stain Removal Secrets

It is one of Murphy's laws that if you have a surface worth looking at that it will seemingly attract stains that mar its beauty. There are many different manners to remove stains, thus the specific granite countertop cleaner method will vary by the nature of the stain. For instance, if you have just finished sealing your surface, and notice what appear to be water stains, you will actually need to perform a stain removal process. Apply an evenly spread, evenly rubbed in coat of denatured alcohol to remove the offending sealant. You will need to re-seal, but it will hopefully be without a stain the next time around.

Along the same lines of sealant stains, another aspect of a newly finished kitchen or bathroom may include the presence of errant paint stains. In some cases, you can perform a mechanical removal, simply with a scraper wrapped in a cloth. Take care not to chip or scratch the stone. Otherwise, you may need to use paint stripper for the heaviest layers of paint. Use sparingly because thinner can etch the surface. There are simple ways to eradicate shallow scratches and nicks. Use steel wool. Otherwise, if you have deep chips, contact your professional fabricator to perform the necessary fixes.

Tips Based on Shades

In some cases, the cleaner that you will use to pull up a stain depends upon the brightness or darkness of your stone. The granite countertop cleaner for a light-colored stone with an ink stain (even permanent ink), is a little bleach or hydrogen peroxide. On darker stone, the granite countertop cleaner for the same stain will require you use lacquer remover or acetone. When you are using such substances as bleach or hydrogen peroxide, you may make a paste with a white substance such as molding plaster, powdered chalk, or the like. This substance will not work on acidic stains.

Granite countertop cleaner for stain that is composed of oil, such as cooking grease includes either a household bleach-containing cleanser, detergent, acetone, ammonia, or mineral spirits. These will work on such stains. If you instead have such stains as coffee, tea, or wine, ten percent hydrogen peroxide mixed in with a touch of ammonia can do the trick as far as the granite countertop cleaner is concerned. You may want to make a cleanser for this kind of stain and leave it over night. Bleach with molding plaster can do wonders for such a bothersome stain.

If you are unfortunate enough to end up with rust stuck on your surface, you may be stuck with the stain. The best approach is to call up a stone and tile professional who can weigh in on your problem. Fortunately, mold and mildew take well to ammonia or hydrogen peroxide as the granite countertop cleaner. There are many different ways to remove various kinds of stains from the natural stone surface. It is a matter of paying attention and catching the stain as soon as it occurs (or starts occurring), removing the source of the stain, and then taking care to avoid such staining in the future.

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