May 30 2018 0Comment
What cleaners will damage your granite countertops? 1

What cleaners will damage your granite countertops?

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As we have mentioned before, granite is a natural stone, and being so, it needs some type of maintenance. Part of this maintenance is also cleaning the granite countertops. The thing however is that there are hundreds of cleaners in the market. So which one do you choose?

First of all let’s talk about what you should avoid on your granite countertops. Here’s a list of the stuff that’s an enemy of granite countertops:

  • Ammonia
  • Bleach
  • Vinegar
  • Grout Cleaners
  • Bath tile cleaners
  • Orange / orange juice
  • Lemon / lemon juice
  • Citrus cleaners
  • Glass cleaners
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Disinfectants

What these cleaners tend to do is strip the sealer from granite. The sealer or sealant is what fills up the pores of your granite, so nothing gets inside, and cause damage. Once the sealer has weakened, the types of cleaners mentioned above will get in the stone, and eventually dull it.

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Furthermore, here are some more cleaners that you should avoid on your granite countertops:

  • Windex – it contains ingredients that can damage granite permanently. Windex can also cause pitting, by dulling the shine on the granite countertops
  • Bleach – it can be extremely harsh on granite sealers, which will eventually degrade it. This could lead to staining on the surface
  • Lysol lemon all-purpose cleaner – the acid in lemons is known to break down the sealer. As a matter of fact, you should avoid using any all-purpose cleaners
  • Disinfecting wipes – the citric acid on the wipes will damage the sealant