How to Disinfect Granite Countertops

by | Aug 11, 2020 | Blog | 0 comments

Although granite countertop surfaces are naturally resistant to the development of bacteria, it is important at times to disinfect the surfaces to protect the health of everyone in the home. As an experienced stone countertop provider, our team at Granite Unlimited, Inc. has many options available when it comes to beautiful granite countertops.

Effective Disinfecting Solutions

One way to easily disinfect granite countertops and eradicate bacteria on those surfaces is by using a combination of dishwashing detergent and isopropyl alcohol. Simply combine a few drops of the detergent with about 4 tablespoons of the isopropyl alcohol and fill the bottle almost to the top with warm water. Gently shake the solution for a cleaning agent that will effectively disinfect a granite countertop. Or, you could use a one-half water and one-half rubbing alcohol mixture in a spray bottle.

Disinfect Granite Surfaces Daily

When disinfecting a granite countertop surface, spray the solution over a few small areas of the countertop at a time. Allow the solution to remain on the surface for a few minutes. Then wipe the surface with a white towel or cloth to try the disaffected areas. Repeat the process for the other areas of the countertop until the entire countertop surfaces cleaned and disinfected.

Cleaning Products to Avoid for Granite

Avoid using abrasive homemade or commercial cleaners. Only consider using cleaners that are designed for use with natural stone and are pH neutral. When using these cleaners, spray on the surface and then wipe dry with a dry, lint free cloth, or paper towel.

It is important to also avoid any cleaners that contain acidic-based ingredients or vinegar. Acidic cleaners can dull the granite surface and abrasive cleaners can damage the surface.

Additionally, it is important to avoid any chlorine bleach cleaner or other household sprayer cleaner that is used to clean windows or mirrors. Always check the ingredients on the cleaning container. If any cleaner contains hydrofluoric acid, it should not be used on granite surfaces since that acid may cause damage to any sealants on the granite.

Sealing the Granite and the people you yeah I think that Surface

One way to prevent bacteria from infiltrating a granite surface is to seal the surface at routine intervals, preferably once per year, or beginning at the year mark when the sealant protection ends, such as at the three-year mark.

A granite countertop may be sealed using an impregnating stone sealer consisting of a solvent and a resin. The solvent helps the sealer reach below the stone surface where the resin fills up the stone pores, inhibiting the absorption of other substances. When this is done, the solvent evaporates.

To check whether your granite countertop is sealed or if the previous seal is still effective, place a few drops of water on the surface. The seal is still effective if the water beads up. However, if the water soaks into the surface and the granite turns a darker color in that area, sealing or resealing is necessary. Different sealing methods may be required for different brands of sealant. Therefore, always follow the directions for a particular sealer and sealing method to ensure the sealant is applied properly.

To learn about the various granite kitchen and bathroom countertop options we offer at Granite Unlimited, Inc., give us a call today at 952.462.5242, complete our contact form, or visit our showroom.