Helping people design their dream kitchens in Nashua, NH, and surrounding towns, the Cabinet Outlet team strives to make every interaction exceptional. That’s why we’ll send you the information you need to maintain your new space for years to come. Yes, our focus is on your cabinets, but we certainly offer our customers much more.
For instance, if you went from laminate to granite countertops, you may be in for a bit of a shock when it comes to routine cleaning and upkeep of the material. Unfortunately, the big-name brands will no longer cut it when it comes to keeping your new countertops shiny. Here are a few helpful tips to get you in the right direction.
Gone are the days of spray cleaner. However, if you need to test this theory for yourself, by all means, but please remember, we warned you. Commercial spray cleaners will leave behind streaks and a cloudy appearance. The best way to clean your granite countertops is with warm soapy water. Using only a few drops of mild dish detergent, you can create a bubbly mixture that is gentle enough for your granite and strong enough to clean tough messes.
Once your mixture of soapy water has been established, you’ll need a microfiber or terry washcloth for optimal cleaning results. Be sure to squeeze out excess water and clean the entire surface before attempting to polish your countertops.
Next, you’ll need a dry microfiber cloth to remove any water that is left behind. Using a circular motion for both cleaning and drying will help to prevent streaking.
Although there are granite safe polishing sprays available at several kitchen stores, many people opt to make their own. If you’re up for the task, combine ¾ cup baking soda and ¼ cup water in a small bowl until a thick paste forms. Be sure to smooth out any lumps within the mixture. Placing a thin, even coating over your countertop, begin working the paste with small, circular motions. It’s essential to use a soft cloth when buffing to avoid scratching your granite.
Finally, with a damp cloth, wipe off the polish. You’ll be left with a streak-free polished countertop! However, if you’d like a bit more shine, the use of cooking oil can achieve the look. Be sure to apply a small amount of oil to your cloth, not your granite, and work into the counters with circular motions. You can repeat his process weekly.
One thing to remember is that you’ll never want to use harsh chemicals on granite. Although it’s a hard stone, products containing bleach, ammonia, and vinegar can break down your countertop’s sealant and ultimately damage the granite over time.
For more information on maintaining your dream kitchens in Nashua, NH, contact the team at Cabinet Outlet (800) 886-2808.