How To Safely Clean And Disinfect Your Granite Counters

Don’t miss our take on specialty granite cleaners and polishes a bit further down the page.

Let’s keep this as simple as possible for you because I’ve seen way too many guides that over complicate the simple process of cleaning granite countertops.

What you’ll need:

  • dish soap (any brand will do)
  • paper towels
  • hot water
  • isopropyl alcohol
  • spray bottle

How To Clean Them

  1. Wet your paper towel with hot water
  2. Add 3 drops of dish soap
  3. Get a decent lather going and wipe them down
  4. Dry them with a dry paper towel
Now that they are clean you might want to disinfect them because soap won’t kill the bacteria and virus that may be lurking on the surface of your counters.

How To Disinfect Them

  1. Fill your spray bottle about half way with alcohol
  2. Fill it to the top with water
  3. Spray on dry countertops and let it sit for 3 to 5 minutes
  4. Wipe them down with a dry paper towel
And that is all you need to do. You probably already have everything you need.

Are Granite Cleaners Better Than Soap And Water

If you like a little extra streak free shine, than you’ll likely want to pick up a bottle of Granite Gold or something similar. They give the surface a little extra polish as they clean, and you’ll be able to skip the soap and water routine. I wouldn’t call them better but they are definitely more convenient.

If a glossy finish is what you’re after try a granite polish like this instead. It will add depth and shine in a single application. If you think your counters are looking a little dull then I would definitely grab of bottle to apply in between sealant applications.

You are sealing your counters every six months or so right? If not read this page on why sealing is vitally important and which sealers are worth using.

If you have stains, cracks, or chips that need to be addressed those can be fixed too. There’s a good chance you can fix them yourself without having to call in a professional. Here’s our DIY granite repair guide.

Never Use These Household Cleaners

Heck, don’t use anything except soap, water, isopropyl alcohol, and cleansers specifically made for stone. The pH of most household products is way to high. First they will slowly strip away your sealant, and then they will start to eat away at the softer parts of your countertop.

Updated: October 16, 2016