Feeling a granite countertop to identify where it needs to be cleaned and using a pH-balanced cleaner minimize the impact that cleaning has on the surface. While granite makes a beautiful countertop, but it is difficult to maintain; using traditional cleansers can cause excess wear and tear.
The multicolored surface that makes a granite countertop so attractive also makes it difficult to spot dirt. Running a hand along the top of the counter helps to identify sticky spots and find dust. Wiping the counter with a microfiber cloth before applying cleanser also picks up dust rather than sliding it back into a corner. This method is less abrasive than using paper towels.
The majority of window cleaners and all-purpose cleaners damage the sealant on granite. Bleach is especially caustic. Find cleaners with a balanced pH that are designed for use on granite at hardware or department stores. These cleansers can be expensive, but mixing pH-balanced dish soap with water in a squirt bottle, along with 1/4 cup isopropyl alcohol, makes a cheap cleaner that makes granite shine without leaving any streaks. Run a hand along the countertop again afterward to ensure that all of the spots on the countertop are gone.