How to Properly Clean Granite Tiles

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One benefit of granite tiles in terms of care and maintenance is that it's almost carefree. Requiring little more than a wipe down with a wet cloth or sponge and maybe the use of some dish soap to keep them clean. It is recommended you apply a fresh sealant annually or bi-annually as protection and prevention against any possible staining.

The procedures are much the same for tiles as it is for large custom cut granite slabs since the material is the same in both cases. Depending upon where your tiles are and what use you put them to they may need more, or less, attention.

The main thing to bear in mind is that all granite surfaces are covered with a sealant and acidic liquids, foods or chemicals will likely damage this. Many household cleaners contain acids, check all cleaning substances for acid content and avoid these when cleaning your stone tiles. Many toiletries and perfumes can also often contain acids as well as toothpaste and hairspray. Different types of foods and drinks are also acidic, for example: coffee, orange juice, wine, tomato products, mustard and vinegar are all things which will damage the sealant.

When cleaning it is necessary to avoid adding more acid to the surface so a neutral pH balanced cleaner is essential. specialized stone cleaners are formulated for this purpose but many other general purpose cleaners are as well. If a liquid is spilled it is best to mop it up first. since wiping it will spread it further across the surface and potentially cause more damage.

Use an absorbent cloth or sponge to pick up the main liquid then wipe the area with a neutral pH balanced cleaner. Always be careful if the spilled substance contains grains or any possibly abrasive material since wiping this will cause damage to the sealant too. Areas that have greater use and, therefore, have been more frequently wiped and cleaned should have sealant re-applied more frequently, in order that your granite retains its shine and finish.

Taking care cleaning granite tiles properly you will ensure their long life and beauty. Granite is a durable, strong and resilient material this along with it's ease of care make it an ideal countertop surface.

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