Cleaning granite countertops

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Old 01-29-11, 10:05 AM
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Cleaning granite countertops

What is the best way to clean granite counters? I am using mild soap and water and it leaves a film.

Should this be sealed again? I was told it was sealed when i bought it
 
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Old 01-29-11, 10:37 AM
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I use mild soap and water for daily cleanup. Once a week I use windex.

You will get differing opinions on sealing granite countertops. Conventional wisdom has always held that they need to be sealed to reduce staining. Recently I have read several internet articles indicating that it isn't necessary.

I seal mine once a year.
 
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Old 01-29-11, 10:43 AM
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I was told by the installers that the worst thiing I could do was use windex, fantastic any multi surface or glass cleaner
 
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Old 01-29-11, 11:33 AM
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Did they tell you what to use then?
If you go to the cleaning section at the store, they have products made specifically for whatever it is you want to clean, if you don't feel comfortable using a multi surface cleaner.
 
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Old 01-29-11, 11:40 AM
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Im not sure what you should use for everyday cleaning. As to sealing, there are many different kinds of granite and some will absorb sealer more than others. It cant hurt to seal granite. If the granite does not absorb the sealer, it'll just wipe off in the cleanup process.
 
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THey said mild soap and water but it leaves a film.......I would have asked for more detail had I considered the film. BTW they aren't to cooperative now - they shorted my backsplash by 1/4 inch and I was unhappy with the appearance...got it through a big box store - 2 contractors told me the 1/4 inch was normal??? I was disappointed in the 1/4 inch and the uneven seam on backsplash - but am afraid a "new" backsplash wont match.....honestly had i seen the nice laminate finishes they have now I'd have gone with that.

Btw I have 2 shelter pets and am trying to adopt a 3rd!
 
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Guess its time to find a sealer and call a "granite" place to figure out what exactly I should be using
 
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I found this in a google search. Lots of good info.

http://www.desertstonecare.com/care-guide.pdf
 
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Lots of good information there - thank you
 
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i use a generic multi-purpose cleaner and a hand towel.
shines it up really nice.
 
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