When you install granite counters, it is important to apply a granite sealer. Granite sealers prevent your counters from absorbing liquids (like wine) that stain the porous surface.

After your granite sealer has cured, you will want to practice proper granite cleaning methods. For everyday cleaning, you can wash the surface of your counters with a mixture of gentle soap and water. With Seal Team One’s sealant, this is the most cleaning that you should have to do! Learn more about our sealing process here.

If your counters aren’t sealed properly, you may have to deal with a stubborn stain. Here are some recommendations from eHow on how to clean your granite countertop and remove stubborn stains:

How to Clean Your Granite Countertop (everyday cleaning tip)

The first step is very simple and only requires some warm, soapy water, a sponge, and a dry towel.

1. Absorb any residue on the countertop by thoroughly wiping it down. Then use a sponge or washcloth to clean the entire surface with warm, soapy water.

how to clean your granite countertop

2. Rinse out the sponge in the warm, soapy water and scrub the countertop clean.

3. Take a clean cloth and wipe the counter dry.

Remove Tough Stains from Granite Countertop

For tough stains (such as a wine stain exemplified in this video), eHow recommends you use a bleaching paste. This is what you’ll need:

  • 1 cup molding plaster
  • Just enough bleach to turn into a paste (toothpaste-like thickness)
  • Plastic mixing spoon

1. Apply the bleach paste to stained areas and allow it to soak at least 30 minutes.

2. Take your damp sponge and wipe away the paste. Hopefully, you’ll find that the stain is gone!

3. Make sure to remove all traces of the bleach and wipe dry with a clean cloth.

If you need to have your granite countertop cleaned and sealed professionally, call Seal Team One of Kirkland for service.

To watch this video in its entirety, which includes recommendations on how to remove felt tip marker stain, see below: