How do you clean granite countertops?


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Clean granite countertops by removing debris with a microfiber cloth and pretreating grease spots with a mixture of flour and dish detergent. Wipe the counter with a pH-neutral stone cleaner, and buff the counter dry. To avoid damaging granite, do not use harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners.

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  1. Dust the counter with a microfiber cloth

    Wipe down the entire counter with a dry microfiber cloth to remove loose debris.

  2. Spread a flour-detergent poultice on grease spots

    Mix a cup of flour with 5 tablespoons of liquid dish detergent. Mix in enough water to give the mixture the consistency of yogurt. Top each grease or oil stain with a dollop of the mixture, and then cover each spot with plastic wrap to keep it moist. Let the paste sit on the countertop overnight.

  3. Wipe off the cleaning poultice

    Dispose of the plastic wrap, and wipe away the poultice with a damp cloth.

  4. Spray with a stone cleaner

    Spray the entire counter with a pH-neutral stone cleaner.

  5. Wipe with a damp cloth

    Wipe away the stone cleaner with a damp cloth. Gently scrub the dirty areas in a circular motion.

  6. Buff the granite dry

    Polish the granite in a circular motion using a clean, dry microfiber cloth.

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