GRANITE COUNTER TOP CLEANING SERVICES IN CHARLOTTE
Don’t Trust Your Charlotte Granite Counters To Just Anybody!
Granite counter tops are an investment that need regular maintenance to keep them looking amazing. Stat Floor Cleaning is one of Charlotte’s leading professional granite and natural stone surface cleaners. We specialize in natural surfaces and can keep your granite looking it’s best.
Our Granite Cleaning Services Removes All Of These:
Granite is a popular choice for kitchen counters, as well as floor and bathrooms. It’s harder than marble, and its shiny surface and wide range of colors mean it’s an elegant, timeless addition to any home. Granite even has antibacterial and heat resistant properties too.
The durability of granite means you should be able to enjoy its beauty for years to come. However, granite will lose some of its luster and shine over time. Even if a sealant was applied when the countertop was installed, that sealant can wear thin and allow liquids to seep into the granite surface. Residue, germs, dirt, and water spots can dramatically impact your granite surfaces.
Regular maintenance, cleaning, and sealing of granite countertops is critical to protect your investment. There are many do-it-yourself products for natural stone, but these often can do more harm than good. Most contain harsh or abrasive ingredients that can damage the granite and make the finish appear dull.
At Stat Floor Cleaning of Charlotte we offer a wealth of in-home services to help you have a healthy and clean home. We also provide a granite countertop renewal treatment that can have your granite countertops looking as new as the day they were installed.
Think of us as your Charlotte source for refreshing and revitalizing your granite countertops. Our treatment will give you a cleaner surface, brighter shine, and a healthier Charlotte home. Get your granite countertop renewed with STAT!
What Is Granite?
When you buy a granite countertop, what you’re getting is one of different kinds of rock. True, granite is igneous, meaning it’s been formed from lava. What’s in your granite will depend on where it was formed, how long it took to cool, and more. That’s why granite comes in a range of colors and crystal sizes. Each granite deposit is always as unique as the volcano that created it.
The natural stone in your granite might contain silica, mica, feldspar, or quartz along with a variety of other minerals. Or it might not be granite or even igneous rock at all. Sedentary type rocks such as dolomites, breccias, and gabbros are also sometimes used.
For most people, the chemical makeup of their granite is less important than how it looks, but these variations do have an effect on how your granite is cleaned. Some types of granite are harder than others while some stain more easily. At Stat we are well versed in what stains your particular surface and which cleaners you can (or can’t) use on your granite countertops in Charlotte.
Improving The Health Of Your Home
Our granite countertop renewal treatment penetrates deep inside granite’s porous surface, removing elementary dirt and grime and the bacteria that can spread germs. We then seal the surface to keep those unwanted contaminants away, which helps restore the shine and extend the life of your granite countertops. Our granite renewal technicians use green-certified cleaning solutions that are safe and non-toxic and powerful deep cleaning equipment to safely remove dirt and build up.
Clean and Scrub
The first step in our granite countertop renewal process is our special, eco-friendly cleaning solution will remove built up germs, dirt, and grime from your countertops without abrasive scrubbing that can damage the surface. And our solution is non-toxic, perfect for natural stone.
In the next step we apply a small amount of our granite counter sealer. Our sealer will dry in 3-10 minutes, not hours. The sealer penetrates the granite surface leaving you with a powerful layer of protection for your countertops.
Once we’ve cleaned the surface, we’ll remove residues from your granite countertops with our special residue remover solution. That’s granite cleaning you can trust!
Our final procedure is the polish. We use a polish that will clean all residues from the granite countertops and leave them revitalized with a bright, beautiful shine that will make your countertops look like new and refreshed.
How To Clean A Granite Countertop
Regular maintenance is key to keeping your granite surfaces looking their best. In between your professional cleanings there are things you can do to keep your granite countertops in tip top shape.
For most day-to-day cleaning you don’t need a lot of complicated or specialized chemicals on your granite countertop. Wipe up spills as soon as you can, and avoid placing any stain sources onto the granite.
Although water can discolor granite and leave marks behind, washing your granite surfaces with water is still the best way to clean it. The key is to use only as much water as necessary (don’t flood the stone) and make sure to wipe and dry your granite countertops as soon as you’re done cleaning. Water will only affect your granite if it remains on the surface long enough to sink in.
Always try to use a pH neutral cleaner on granite surfaces to avoid the risk of etching (discoloration). Gentle dish soap and water is usually enough. Acidic or alkaline cleaners can both damage the surface of your granite, making it look dull and dark.
What not to use to clean granite surfaces:
What you should use to clean granite countertops:
- Dish soap (e.g. Ivory, Dawn)
- Castile soap
- Warm water
- Baking soda
- Isopropyl alcohol
To clean granite counters, first wipe away any dust or spills with a damp, clean, microfiber cloth. Then use warm water with a small amount of dish soap to wash granite surfaces down. Wring out the cloth and wipe again with clean water to remove any soap residue. Over time soap residue can leave a film behind, especially on dark granite.
Tip: Make sure your dish soap doesn’t contain any citrus extracts or essential oils. Even though they’re only used in small amounts, they can still damage granite countertops.
Never use any abrasive pad on granite (or for that matter on any other natural stone surfaces). Wire cleaners, brushes, and even sponges can scratch and scuff the surface. Instead, microfiber cloths are the best tool to use, as they won’t scratch and they will collect dust and dirt rather than moving it around. Make sure any cleaning solution is non toxic!
How To Remove Dried Spills From Your Granite Countertops
Despite your best efforts, you’ll probably miss a spill at some point. Don’t worry, it doesn’t mean your beautiful granite surface is ruined forever.
Avoid the temptation to use strong cleaners like bleach or ammonia or DIY cleaners like white vinegar or lemon juice. All of these are too abrasive for use on granite without risking damage. Although one or two uses of these solutions might not look like they’ve done any harm, over time they can slowly erode the granite surface leaving it dull, changing its color, and making it more likely to absorb stains in the future.
Instead, make a solution of 50/50 isopropyl alcohol and water. Spray the spill and work it gently with a microfiber cloth. If the residue still doesn’t lift, dampen a paper towel with the isopropyl alcohol solution and press it over the mark. Let it sit for ten minutes and then wipe it clean.
If all else fails, make a paste of baking soda and water and apply it to the spill. Use a microfiber cloth to gently rub the residue, then wipe clean using warm soapy water. This method is particularly effective at removing oily marks from granite.
Be sure to wash the counter with fresh water and dry thoroughly once the residue has been removed. This will keep your granite in top condition until your next professional deep cleaning.
How to maintain granite countertops
The best way to keep your granite countertops looking their best is to prevent damage from happening. There are six key steps to protecting your granite:
- Don’t place anything hot directly on granite surfaces
- Guard against abrasive dust and grit
- Clean up spills immediately
- Avoid harsh chemicals and cleaners
- Have your granite sealed regularly by a professional service
- Order a deep clean yearly from a professional service and depending on use possibly twice a year
Prevention is always better than cure, so be mindful how you use your granite surfaces and what you place on them. Wiping your granite down daily with a damp cloth will also help keep your granite gleaming and give you a chance to notice any spills before they become stains.
Granite countertops are an investment and a beautiful accent to any home whether it’s in the kitchen, bathroom, family room, or even your outdoor kitchen. While it’s important to keep it clean, that can be a challenge. That’s why it’s good to know that you can trust Stat Floor Cleaning to do all the heavy lifting. We can provide a deep granite cleaning and renewal, leaving your family in Charlotte with as-good-as-new countertops and a healthier home.