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Do's and Dont's for Cleaning Granite Floors

Posted: Monday, May 2, 2011

Granite is a popular option for flooring because of its durability, strength, and beauty. It is a stone, though, so it does have a porous nature that you need to be aware of. With this characteristic, it's important to know how to properly clean and maintain the granite to keep it shining and looking beautiful.

You wouldn't think carpet and granite would have a whole lot in common, but when it comes to spills and stains, they're first cousins. If a rogue glass of red wine makes its way to your granite floor with a crash, after removing the glass ASAP, of course, you do not want to wipe or rub the spill. You want to blot it, just as you would with carpet. With granite's porousness, the color and liquid can get embedded deeper into the stone if it is rubbed. So blotting is your best bet when removing any spill or stain.

If your granite has a sealer, which is a great idea but does give a different look, you'll have an easier time of it, but it's still important to remove the spill as soon as you can — and just follow the guidelines for cleaning sealed granite that are provided by your supplier or dealer.

Grit is a number one enemy of granite. So almost more important than the "blot" is removing any debris, grit, sand, or glass that might be on the floor. These fine particles, when tracked in and pulled across the floor can cause tiny scratches that will break down the sealer or the surface of the granite and cause a reduction in the amount of shine and gloss. Using walk-off mats at the outside entrances is a great first step to maintaining and protecting your granite flooring.

For general cleaning a microfiber mop is your best cleaning tool choice for granite. Because it doesn't use much if any water, uses no chemicals, and doesn't just push dirt and debris and bacteria around, but actually captures and removes 99% of it, you can be more comfortable with the quality of clean. And the soft, absorbent, reusable pads are perfect to keep the granite polished.

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