How to Clean a Granite Countertop

Don't cry over spilt milk on your granite counters. A cloth and a little elbow grease will keep them looking like new.

You will need

  • Dry cloths
  • Scrubber sponge
  • Commercial cleaner
  • Commercial poultice
  • Plastic wrap
  • Coasters
  • Trivets
  • Distilled water (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp. mild dish soap (optional)
  • 1 c. water (optional)
  • 1 c. baking soda (optional)

Step 1 Remove crumbs and crud from counter Dust away crumbs with a soft cloth and remove caked-on crud with a scrubber sponge.

Step 2 Clean counter with hot water Use warm water for most quick counter cleanups. Wipe it dry so you don’t get waterspots.

Step 3 Clean your counter with a commercial product Clean your counter once a day with a commercial spray or wipe. These cleaners are formulated to leave your counters super shiny.

Step 4 Clean stains quickly Mop up grease or wine spills as quickly as possible. Use a store-bought poultice to remove tough stains and apply the paste to the stain; leave it on overnight, covered with a cloth or plastic wrap. Remove the poultice in the morning and repeat if needed.

Step 5 Protect your counter Use coasters and trivets on your counter and don’t drag dishes or pots across it. Granite is one of the toughest stones out there and with a little extra care you can avoid most scrapes, scars, and discolorations.