Is there an easier way to clean granite?

gfultDecember 10, 2005

I am so tired of using soap and water on my granite, it takes forever to clean and remove the soapy film. My husband cooks constantly and I need a cleaner that I can "spray and wipe" for dried food spills, etc.

I used to love 409, isnt there any cleaner that I can use? Granite magic helped get rid of the gritty film (from me trying 409) but it feels more like a polish than an every day cleaner. I thought I might try one of those natural orange based cleaners but I dont want to get the gritty film again.

I am starting to hate my granite because it is so high maintenance.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

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sheilajoyce_gw

They sell spray and wipe granite cleaners at my Tru Value. Try your local hardware store, or Home Depot. I also like to use the non vinegar green Windex, but the special granite spray cuts the cooking grease even better. If you buy the green Windex, be sure it is the kind that does not have vinegar in it.

Do not use an orange base cleaner--it has a natural acid in it that can etch.

I know what you mean about requiring care, I went for absolute black. Looks great but needs care constantly for all the smudges.

    Bookmark   December 11, 2005 at 8:33PM
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saxoxo

I was just introduced to Spraywaygreat and safe for granite and the best thing I have ever used for glass.
I first purchased a bottle at World Market for almost $5. and then found it at Sams for $6ish for 4 bottles!
I have two granites in my kitchen and one is absolute blackÂthis stuff works great.
One tip, get most of the gunk off with a sponge and then spray and wipe with this stuff. You will be amazed at how well it works.

    Bookmark   December 12, 2005 at 3:57PM
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MagnoliaLane

We use Wegmans granite wipes and we love it. No one film and they make our dark granite shine. You can find Wegmans at Walmart and other grocery stores.

    Bookmark   December 16, 2005 at 5:12PM
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Dedtired_2

I wash mine with dish soap on a Dobie pad and then wipe with a miracle cloth. I really don't think it's any more trouble than my old formica. My granite is dark green.

    Bookmark   December 17, 2005 at 6:11PM
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david_edwards

The easiest and BEST way to clean granite is to buy a daily STONE cleaner. Not stonesoap, but just a neutral, daily cleaner formulated for stone. Check out products from StoneTech Professional, Stone Care International, AquaMix, et al. DO NOT use household cleaners or dish soap. You can probably go to any local Tile store and buy a canister of 50 wipes for about $8.00. Pull one out, wipe down your granite, toss the wipe in the trash and go relax. What could be easier? No buil-up, no dulling of the stone, no breaking down the sealer, etc.

    Bookmark   December 18, 2005 at 6:52PM
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pandorathecat

sheilajoyce,

"They sell spray and wipe granite cleaners at my Tru Value. Try your local hardware store, or Home Depot. I also like to use the non vinegar green Windex, but the special granite spray cuts the cooking grease even better. If you buy the green Windex, be sure it is the kind that does not have vinegar in it."

I've been using Windex Multi-Surface Cleaner with Vinegar on my granite countertop. It's a clear solution, not colored. I was using regular Windex (blue solution) for glass but didn't feel comfortable using because it contains ammonia.

The Windex Multi-Surface Cleaner seems milder but very effective. In fact, it even smells nice too. The label on the spray bottle said that it was ideal for granite countertops among other things. I don't know what kind of granite I have because I'm renting a house. It's a new almost black granite but I suspect it may be a cheap granite because the specks in it are very uniform. I still want to take very good care of it anyway.

Why is the green Windex with vinegar bad for granite? I was just wondering. Do you know if the clear solution is okay? I don't want to ruin the granite especially since the house is not mine. I was so happy when I found this version of Windex because it seemed so much better than the regular blue Windex with ammonia. I can't buy the green Windex, (vinegar or no vinegar) because stores never carry it. Thanks for your help.

    Bookmark   October 12, 2006 at 11:43PM
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bluesbarby

I bought a large jug of stone cleaner from a local stone yard (mainly for cleaning my travertine floors). It's concentrated so I put a small amount in a spray bottle, mixed with water and voila! That's in this house.
In my last house we installed granite in 1991. I guess we didn't know better. I never sealed it and I used 409 on it everyday and windex and whatever was at hand. I also put hot pans on it without trivets. The only thing I was told not to do was cut on it because it might ruin my knives. It looked good as new when we sold 3 years ago. In fact the granite helped sell the house. My sister, the same. The only problem she's had is the seam - whatever they used is breaking down and needs to be replaced. I'm conflicted.

    Bookmark   October 13, 2006 at 6:02PM
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krissie55

I use a solution of 50/50 alcohol and water in spray bottle.
Once a month I use a spray polish.

    Bookmark   October 14, 2006 at 1:05PM
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kuchiku222

Thanks for the tip on Sprayway. It is soooo easy and yes, it works. I bought it at World Market. It's not at Costco but maybe someone has seen it cheaper than $5 at other places. I'd like to find it for less.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2006 at 5:11PM
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raybeck

I use Sprayway on all of my granite and really like it, too. Here in Houston you can find it at Walmart and even, Target, too, I think! Good Luck! I've even seen at at some of the grocery markets, but Walmart would be your best price, most likely!

    Bookmark   October 15, 2006 at 5:59PM
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bonniee818

I use Tile lab Marble & stone cleaner. It is ph balanced & can be mixed after the first time you buy the spray bottle. Came from Home Depot.

Bonnie

    Bookmark   November 10, 2006 at 12:38PM
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kitchendetective

I use Granite Gold Daily Cleaner spray. I really like it. I think I ordered it on Amazon, but I don't remember.

    Bookmark   November 11, 2006 at 2:06PM
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gfult

Hi, It is over a year later and I think I've finally found something I like. I got Hopes Perfect Kitchen Cleaner at Bed Bath and Beyond and used it with a microfiber cloth. I would still love to find something cheaper but at least it worked.
I never did find Spray Away around here (Boston) so I cant comment on that. I tried Granite Magic and it looked good but it seemed more like a polish to use after cleaning so it added work.
I still dont understand why it was so hard to find something inexpensive that worked, none of the mainstream cleaners in my store advertise themselves as good for Granite.
My Granite doesnt seem so out of the ordinary (Royal Chocolate) but I wonder if there is something about that rock or way it was sealed that made it look streaky...

    Bookmark   January 1, 2007 at 9:16AM
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trubee

I picked up Granite Counter Cleaner from Black Diamond Stoneworks (no streaking, no rinsing) which works well. Got it at Bed Bath Beyond (I think - if not Target or Walmart)

    Bookmark   January 3, 2007 at 2:25PM
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sjerin

Considering the counters are used for food prep, are these cleaners food-safe?

    Bookmark   January 17, 2007 at 12:06AM
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speedmaster

And when my granite counters lose their smooth feeling, I swipe them with a razor blade lubricated with whatever granite cleaner I'm using at the time. Follow that with a polish and the surface is like glass again.

    Bookmark   January 22, 2007 at 4:02PM
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roxane13

After reading these posts, I saw Granite Gold Daily Cleaner and Granite Gold Polish at Bed Bath and Beyond so I decided to give it a try. I was really beginning to hate my granite top and wished I had never got it. Nothing seemed to clean it well. It always seemed to have a haze, but I love my granite now. I have Peacock Green. Granite Gold changed my mind about the granite. You just spray and wipe with a paper towel or lint free cloth which is what I used. IT WORKS GREAT. I'm so glad I decided to give it a try.

    Bookmark   October 27, 2007 at 7:59PM
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reeree_natural

granitegold
what is the water test? I am going to try your products..sounds great. My granite became dull..I have been cleaning it with my hand held steamer and wiping with a paper towel, so it's not a 'soap' residue..maybe I steamed the sealer right off? any hope to get the luster back thats not a temporary fix??
Thanks
Ree

    Bookmark   October 28, 2007 at 9:21PM
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linnea56

I would not use a steamer: maybe it heated up and evaporated the sealer. I have been using Method natural cleaner from Target. Apart from avoiding use of cleaners with ammonia or vinegar, using a microfiber cloth is the most important step. I will usually swipe down several times a day with the dish sponge and a squirt of method, or even whatever is left on the sponge, which is just dish soap. But then I wipe it dry with the microfiber cloth, and that eliminates the streaking and dull film I would otherwise have.

    Bookmark   November 3, 2007 at 1:30AM
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reeree_natural

linnea56
I also use the micro fiber cloths..love them..I have that cleaner also (Method) I more recently have been using Shaklee basic H2..love it. I really need to seal and polish again, as I think I did steam the sealer off...thanks!! Ree

    Bookmark   November 3, 2007 at 10:44AM
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monicakm_gw

There's really no need to buy those natural stone cleaners for daily cleaning. Yes, a neutral pH balanced cleaner is what you need but a 50/50 water/alcohol mixture (or less alcohol if you like) along with a microfiber cloth will clean your counters beautifully. No dulling, no streaking, no buildup and it's pH balanced.
Monica

    Bookmark   November 11, 2007 at 5:25PM
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livvysmom

It is interesting to read how almost no two people clean their granite the same way.

My installer repeatedly said "only dishsoap and water" to clean my counters. My granite is dark and I am also tired of the hazey look they always have.

It is hard to know what to believe is safe for granite though.

    Bookmark   November 12, 2007 at 9:06AM
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luvmypets

Do you think using a steamer on occasion is OK?
I use Zep glass cleaner in between steaming it.

    Bookmark   November 12, 2007 at 1:43PM
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reeree_natural

luvmypets
I steam anything that does not breathe..lol but my granite has become dull.. still has a shine, but not vibrant. I use products that give it a temporary shine, but it does not last..if we do not change them, I need to have them professionally refinished... Ree

    Bookmark   November 17, 2007 at 8:22AM
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redforever

What are all you folks doing that you need all these fancy cleaners? I don't use any of them. I use my kitchen a lot, I don't have a kitchen for show. I am a cook from scratch person, my kitchen gets used and then some. I merely wipe my counters down with my dishcloth. If I have spilled somewhere or if there is some grease closer to my cooktop, I merely use a sudsy dishcloth.

So I wipe up the gunk first with a sudsy dishcloth. The trick is to then thoroughly rinse your dishcloth in hot water to get rid of any soap residue. Then simple wring the dishcloth out thoroughly and wipe the granite countertops, repeat if necessary.

My granite countertops have never looked dull, greasy, splotchy and I don't use anything but a dishcloth and water, and if necessary a bit of dish detergent. And I don't dry them with a dishtowel to polish them either.

Soap and water, then clean hot dishcloth that has most of the moisture wrung out of it.

    Bookmark   November 20, 2007 at 5:34AM
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jjkadaba69

If you use dish soap, check it for detergents and phosphates. Don't use those. Windex says it right on the bottle 'not recommended for varnished surfaces'. Dawn may not contain phosphates, but it does contain solvents, biodegradable they may be, but they are still solvents.

I use an organic cleaner that doesn't harm the sealer and it leaves a clean shine. I only use 1/4 tsp in a 16oz spray bottle and dry with a towel. No streaks, no chemicals and the bottle lasts about 6 months. I use it on everything, floors, windows, mirrors and cars.

My husband is a contractor and when he puts in granite, the homeowner gets a lesson on how to care for it, or the sealer will dull and wear off. The sealers are highly toxic.

I think granite is beautiful and will last a long time taken care of properly.

    Bookmark   November 20, 2007 at 9:21AM
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redforever

I forgot to add that if you seem to be having a lot of streaking, or your granite ends up looking dull, it usually can be attributed to one of two things, or a combination of them.

When you wipe down your granite, you have a greasy dishcloth or you have a dishcloth with residual soap in it. As I previously said, when you do the final wipe down, thoroughly rinse your dishcloth under hot running water to get rid of any grease or soap residue, then wipe down.

It is the residual stuff that is causing a dirty look to your countertops.

    Bookmark   November 24, 2007 at 3:45PM
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knelly

I use the 409 Glass and surface cleaner---the purple stuff. Works great and leaves no streaks or residue.

    Bookmark   November 24, 2007 at 10:15PM
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monicakm_gw

Another culprit of dull granite is granite that's been sealed but didn't need to be. Not all granites need sealed because they're too dense for the sealer to penetrate. What happens is the sealer just sits on top (yes, even after you've wiped off the excess), it dries and then over time and cleanings, starts to dull or get hazy looking. Steel wool or acetone can correct this problem. Very dark granites (uba tuba, black galaxy for example) don't require sealing
Monica

    Bookmark   November 26, 2007 at 8:10AM
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glad

i' bought the vinegar windex that says it is for sealed granite counter tops. but now i'm readung tyou should not use vinegar on granite, period. i am soooooo confused! anyone else use this?

    Bookmark   March 14, 2008 at 6:20PM
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neesie

I realize this is a very old thread but I just wanted to comment on what Pandorathecat said. She was renting a house and cleaning her "granite" with windex. She said she did't know what kind of granite it was but was black and cheap looking with small uniform black specks. Most likely it is NOT granite but cambria or another engineered stone. I looked into them when I was reading about countertop materials, figuring I would like the ease of cleaning with just a spray. But anyone who has real granite can tell the difference between granite and cambria. I see imitation stone at all kinds of public places (library, public restrooms, etc.) Please don't take her advice on how to clean it!

BTW, I use soap and water then run a dry microfiber cloth over it. Beautiful!

    Bookmark   March 29, 2008 at 11:31PM
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domesticah

Hi. When my granite counters were installed the installer told me to use Glass Plus. It works great! And by the way 409 just came out with a new Natural Stone Cleaner big bottle and $2.69. It works okay, but I still like my Glass Plus -- doesn't seem to leave a film. Good Luck.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2008 at 8:08PM
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redjamie_sbcglobal_net

Hi: I have a very dark grey granite in my kitchen, just installed about 5 months ago. I sealed it with Granite Gold Sealer and have been using the daily cleaner. My problem is I have noticed little bumps and I believe they are drops of glue or whatever they used to lay the granite down onto the countertop. My husband feels we can safely use a razor blade to get these off but does this not also scratch the granite? I assume I would have to re-seal...can you re-seal spots or should you do the whole countertop ? My installer told me that the granite didn't need to be sealed because they did at the factory..however I noticed water rings on the sink area and knew that wasn't true..so I blotted up the rings and then sealed the granite.
Thanks in advance

    Bookmark   June 15, 2008 at 12:08PM
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sheilajoyce_gw

Vinegar and lemon juice in cleaners are acids, and I have read that they can etch or mark the granite, so I don't use cleaners with these ingredients.

I do like 50/50 water and rubbing alcohol.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2008 at 9:20PM
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bjgmom

When my granite counter was installd I was told to use soap and water. I understand that many cleaning liquids are bad for granite but I would like to use an antibacterial agents. What is the best to use in the kitchen.

    Bookmark   September 29, 2008 at 12:26AM
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jrry

Home Depot Sells 2 products I've tried on my dark black granite:
Simple Green Stone Cleaner- Works very well. Cleans without streaks. They also sell a companion product called Simple Green Stone Polish, which I use when we have guests over and want to make it look great.
Zep Marble, Granite and Quartz Cleaner- This works pretty well, but is a little more apt to leaving streaks. I need to polish more with this. The big problem is the smell. It honestly smells like a wet diaper. I couldn't believe it the first time I tried it. I won't buy it again.

    Bookmark   December 27, 2008 at 8:46PM
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carolpolki

Use plain hot water on your dishcloth, or use very dilute dish soap on the cloth and then follow up with plain water. The water removes the soap, which can build up over time to dull the shine. The soap buildup is not permanent, and can be removed with a pH balanced cleaner, followed with plain water and wiped dry. All stones are different, but never use acidic cleaners - even vinegar can harm stones that contain calcite (marble, travertine, limestone derivatives) - and never use 409 or Windex unless it specifies the formula is okay for natural stone - and even then I'd be leery. Razor blades work fine for dried on crud and won't remove sealer. The smartest thing to do is to remember to wipe water spots before they dry, especially if you have hard water, and concentrate on being diligent about this around faucet areas. And don't ever leave water or wine glasses sitting there overnight. Yes, granite requires much more care, but its beauty is unsurpassed. If debating about putting it in your new kitchen, think "dark" if you can't be fastidious and even if your can, don't even consider doing marble or limestone in the kitchen!

    Bookmark   December 28, 2008 at 9:47AM
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sheilajoyce_gw

Well, in desperation to remove the calcified rings around my sink faucets and dishwasher chrome thingy, I poured on plain white vinegar and let it soak. Removed the rings nicely with a little scrubbing with a toothbrush. I take back any advice I read and repeated here about avoiding vinegar on granite.

    Bookmark   December 28, 2008 at 5:06PM
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linnea56

Its probably ok for occasional use, but just not for daily cleaning. I try to wipe down the area around the faucet with a rougher textured microfiber cloth (I found this in the auto dept, called a car windshield bug remover). I came back from out of town, though, and found no one had done this while I was gone. (Big surprise, huh?) I used a razor blade to get rid of most of it but could not get into all the tight spots. So I resorted to vinegar too. I wet some paper towels with it and wrapped them around the base of the faucets since I didnt want it to flow too far away. I let it sit for only ½ an hour since I was worried. It softened it enough that I could use the microfiber to get it off.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2009 at 5:33PM
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kacee2002

Have had our granite (UbaTuba) for 5 years, clean daily with plain old Windex as to the installers instructions. It is as beautiful as the day it was installed.

    Bookmark   January 7, 2009 at 6:38PM
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mondragon

When you're cleaning natural stone countertops there are two reasons to be careful about what you use:

"Granite" can be a number of different substances and some of them will be etched by anything acidic. Marble is really bad that way, although some people like how it develops a patina over time. If you've had a countertop for a while and you cook, you'd know by now if it was sensitive to acid - citrus juice, vinegar, lots of different foods would permanently remove the polish anywhere it touched. Most granite countertops don't have this problem.

Some stones are hard but porous (imagine a dry kitchen sponge made out of glass) and will absorb liquids that will stain, so they have to be sealed. The sealer fills in the holes and dries hard so that the countertop repels liquids. Alkali cleaners like ammonia will break down most sealers (they're really just a form of plastic) and will then let other things like colored liquids (including any colored cleaner like blue windex) and oil into the stone and stain it. Sealer doesn't sit on the surface, though, or shouldn't, and broken-down sealer should result in staining, not in a lack of shine.

Some stones, like UbaTuba, most blacks, a lot of the greens, don't really need to be sealed as they're already dense like glass and nothing will soak in. You can clean those with pretty much anything that works on glass without leaving streaks. The general advice about re-sealing doesn't make sense when there are so many different stones and the only way to tell if you need to reseal is if you're getting stains or if water slightly darkens the stone until it dries. If it doesn't there is no need to waste money, and even worse if you put sealer on a stone like this and don't wipe it ALL off it will dry on the surface and look ugly. Just like if you put it on glass.

An uneven loss of polish, I think, would indicate that it's sensitive to acids and needs to be professionally repolished (or just lived with.)

A fairly even loss of polish is more likely to be buildup of soap, and the previous comments mention ways to get rid of it.

I test my stone unsealed - olive oil, wine, ketchup, lemon juice spots on it overnight and in the morning it all wiped off with nothing showing. So I can use pretty much anything on it and I do. My general cleaner is diluted Simple Green because it's cheap and it works, and if it ever appears dull or streaky I use Sprayway class cleaner.

If I had a stone that stained and needed to be resealed - white and light stones tend to be like that - then I'd pay attention to using a neutral cleaner since I was cleaning both the stone and the plastic sealer that was more sensitive.

    Bookmark   February 10, 2009 at 9:24AM
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heart_hopes

Hi,
I know a lot of people are looking for a great granite cleaner and I have the answer!

Tough & Tender Wipes by Melaleuca are naturally free of bleach and harsh chemicals, and theyre safe to use on almost any surface, even natural stone like granite and marble.

Try these and you will be a forever customer!!

    Bookmark   February 19, 2009 at 11:35AM
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k9arlene

I hated my absolute black granite until I tried Granite Gold Daily Cleaner recommended here. It's great!

    Bookmark   February 20, 2009 at 12:34PM
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kasullivan

I have had granite countertops for 5 years now, and the best way to keep them shiny without that slick feel, is with a glass cleaner called Invisible Glass. You'll find it in automotive, I actually stole it from my husbands garage, and he's not getting it back! Works great on windows and mirrors too!!

    Bookmark   March 25, 2009 at 10:39AM
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buehl

I know this is an old thread, but I found it while searching for something else & thought I'd contribute!

We have polished Absolute Black Premium counters...and they look great the majority of time....the secret? Wipe them down daily to keep dust at bay (all our kitchen counters are wiped down at night when we do the dishes) Use a tiny bit of dish detergent & hot water...a small amount is usually all that's needed to cut through oil/grease/sticky residues. Quick dry in circles with a microfiber cloth When I want them looking perfect & extra shiny, I use Method cleaner ("green" and food-safe) + microfiber cloth after wiping off w/detergent & water....wiping/drying in circular motions.

There's a "Best Way to Clean" thread on the Kitchens Forum that may be useful and can use some additional information...please check it out:

Thread: The best way to clean....

    Bookmark   April 8, 2010 at 3:26PM
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livebetter

I have black absolute counters and I've tried many products to clean them.

I do use just soap and water (Shaklee Dish Wash) to clean them often.

I find that they don't always look their best.

I absolutely love a product called Leather CPR for leather and discovered they make a product called Granite CPR for granite. I bought mine at BB&B. It leaves the counters so smooth you can actually feel the difference.

I also use a daily granite spray but they feel the best when they get a granite CPR dose. I don't do this everyday. Maybe once a week (or every two).

    Bookmark   July 28, 2010 at 10:43PM
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VIVEIROS_HOTMAIL_COM

I have black granite floors. and i still did not get a proper answer how to clean a floor and keep its shine.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2011 at 8:01PM
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greencleaning

Like marble and most natural stones, granite does not respond well to things acidic, like lemons and wine and especially vinegar. If you remember one thing, remember this: do not use vinegar to clean your granite. Vinegar is an amazing, natural cleaning agent, but it can etch (dull) your granite. Instead, when you wonder how to clean granite, think simply. Start with the basics, and go from there...only if you need to.

    Bookmark   March 2, 2011 at 10:35AM
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ntt_hou

Yep, me too. I use 50/50 rubbing alcohol and water in a spray bottle. I've been cleaning my granite this way for over 3 years now. It leaves no streak, easy to mix, inexpensive and disinfect too.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2011 at 8:26PM
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sharonannlally_hotmail_co_uk

i have black diamond tip granite floot tiles and i am desperite for something that will give me the shine i need for them.

    Bookmark   April 12, 2011 at 5:31PM
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BRANTUCCI_ROADRUNNER_COM

Just had my granite installed today. Was told no amonia, bleach or caustic chemicals to clean it. Made the recipe of 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol 4-5 drops of Dawn dish soap and the rest water in a 32 ounce spray bottle. - BEAUTIFUL job! Worked great on my glass cooktop too!

    Bookmark   April 27, 2011 at 5:33PM
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onefoxyx_comcast_com

new granite installed and the Seattle outfit(konstantine) who installed told me the film on it was nothing. Came 1 time and was evident he was not gonna fix or care. Not sure how to get rid of the film or haze. Can anyone help me? guy

    Bookmark   June 8, 2011 at 10:24PM
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clairebuoyant1

I've had Blue Pearl granite(fairly dark) for almost six years. I use dish detergent and water, then 50/50 alcohol & water with a microfiber cloth like many other posters. It totally removes the haze/residue from the soap. They always look beautiful. Much easier to live with then corian or laminate IMO -I've had both.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2011 at 11:24PM
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bob_net_com

I'm a home builder and a mom. The Best way and (safest for food preparation) is straight rubbing alcohol. My granite guys shared the secret with me.

Clean the granite with whatever you want (I use dishsoap and a sponge) and then spray rubbing alcohol and then right away wipe it dry. Been doing it forever. Doesn't pit or remove the seal on the stone....it evaporates. it's also the most ecomonical.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2011 at 5:35PM
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drcindy

My granite cleaning problems sound a bit different from all the other threads. I have Caledonia, a mix of black, gray, and tan splotches. I've always wiped them down daily with just water and Dawn. The areas around the stove where oil gets is noticeably darker than the areas around the sink where I don't cook. What kind of cleaner can get rid of this? I haven't tried anything suggested above, because it seems most people are concerned about hazy films or streaks, which I've never had a problem with. I just tried a product from Marblelife (saw it at a local home show a year ago) for marble, travertine, and natural stone, but it didn't help. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

    Bookmark   February 25, 2012 at 12:50AM
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bulldinkie

Ive had granite over 20 years ,mine still shines,I wash it good and a few times a year I was told by insstallers to use this sealer just for granite I do looks good,lowes has it

    Bookmark   February 26, 2012 at 4:49PM
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char_35

This E-mail was posted back in 09. I feel it is written well and includes everything I have read or has been told to me by granite specialists. I thought I'd re-post it and save some of you time having to look through so many posts.
I hope no one minds that I've done this.
Posted by mondragon (My Page) on Tue, Feb 10, 09 at 9:24

When you're cleaning natural stone countertops there are two reasons to be careful about what you use:
"Granite" can be a number of different substances and some of them will be etched by anything acidic. Marble is really bad that way, although some people like how it develops a patina over time. If you've had a countertop for a while and you cook, you'd know by now if it was sensitive to acid - citrus juice, vinegar, lots of different foods would permanently remove the polish anywhere it touched. Most granite countertops don't have this problem.

Some stones are hard but porous (imagine a dry kitchen sponge made out of glass) and will absorb liquids that will stain, so they have to be sealed. The sealer fills in the holes and dries hard so that the countertop repels liquids. Alkali cleaners like ammonia will break down most sealers (they're really just a form of plastic) and will then let other things like colored liquids (including any colored cleaner like blue windex) and oil into the stone and stain it. Sealer doesn't sit on the surface, though, or shouldn't, and broken-down sealer should result in staining, not in a lack of shine.

Some stones, like UbaTuba, most blacks, a lot of the greens, don't really need to be sealed as they're already dense like glass and nothing will soak in. You can clean those with pretty much anything that works on glass without leaving streaks. The general advice about re-sealing doesn't make sense when there are so many different stones and the only way to tell if you need to reseal is if you're getting stains or if water slightly darkens the stone until it dries. If it doesn't there is no need to waste money, and even worse if you put sealer on a stone like this and don't wipe it ALL off it will dry on the surface and look ugly. Just like if you put it on glass.

An uneven loss of polish, I think, would indicate that it's sensitive to acids and needs to be professionally repolished (or just lived with.)

A fairly even loss of polish is more likely to be buildup of soap, and the previous comments mention ways to get rid of it.

I test my stone unsealed - olive oil, wine, ketchup, lemon juice spots on it overnight and in the morning it all wiped off with nothing showing. So I can use pretty much anything on it and I do. My general cleaner is diluted Simple Green because it's cheap and it works, and if it ever appears dull or streaky I use Sprayway class cleaner.

If I had a stone that stained and needed to be resealed - white and light stones tend to be like that - then I'd pay attention to using a neutral cleaner since I was cleaning both the stone and the plastic sealer that was more sensitive.

    Bookmark   March 5, 2012 at 9:09PM
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Janice742

We have been using "Daily Granite" from Method. It is available in Target. It's the only thing that I've found that cleans, shines and does not streak or move grease around.

    Bookmark   January 11, 2013 at 6:37PM
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Texas29

I use a product called Counter Gloss on my granite. Have used it for years in several different homes and it's the best thing I have ever found. Easy to use - does a great job and helps keeps it sealed.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2013 at 5:43PM
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padmae

Thought I'd include some information for those who have quartzite--a natural stone (not to be confused with man-made quartz products such as Caeserstone, etc.), or granite that has etched. Our fabricator tested oil/ketchup/wine prior to installation of our quartzite (which looks like marble but is supposedly more durable) and no etching. Didn't think to test for water etching, which is does :(. But, a poultice of baking soda takes them out if you're looking for a non-acidic way to remove etching!

    Bookmark   September 12, 2013 at 5:23PM
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Eastrock96

Is the Sprayway granite cleaner good to use everyday? We are having granite installed in 10 days and from what I'm hearing, I wonder if I should have tried another kind of countertop. Is it that hard to keep clean?

    Bookmark   December 11, 2013 at 10:16AM
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Eastrock96

I now see a recipe for rubbing alcohol, Dawn dish liquid and water. I'm sure that would be much cheaper than a commercial product. Please let me know if this REALLY works well. Thanks

    Bookmark   December 11, 2013 at 10:17AM
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emma

I asked a clerk in a home improvement store about cleaning granite and he told "never use a chemical on granite" I would just use warm water, if something was stuck on it, let a wet dish rag lay there awhile.

    Bookmark   December 11, 2013 at 12:17PM
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krissie55

Using only warm water on granite kitchen counters does not clean germs off. A solution of 50/50 alcohol/water works well.

    Bookmark   December 11, 2013 at 9:15PM
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Paultassey

I found an organic cleaning product on line that works great on granite, glass and stainless steel. its all natural and really works well! Its called my granite magic. Its all my wife and I use.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2014 at 7:33AM
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