Granite countertops are a huge selling point in many homes, so if you’ve got them, make sure they’re extra clean, shiny and streak-free while your house is on the market!
Granite is a natural stone, and to keep it beautiful, you should avoid putting certain cleaners on it. Ammonia, bleach, vinegar, lemon or other citrus should never be used because they have a low pH, and their acidic properties will weaken the seal and etch the stone over time.
Unfortunately, at around $7 per bottle, the cost of commercially made granite cleaner can add up quickly. If, like me, you prefer to save your money and still enjoy all the shiny beauty of clean granite countertops, you can make your own (neutral pH) granite cleaner for pennies!
Recipe for Homemade Granite Cleaner
- 2 c. water
- 1/4 c. rubbing alcohol (This is what eliminates the streaks)
- 3 to 4 drops dish soap (This helps keep the mixture suspended.)
Mix all the ingredients in a 16 oz plastic spray bottle (available at Target, Wal-Mart, and most dollar stores). Shake it up! Wipe all crumbs and spills from counters first. Then spray on granite cleaner and wipe with a soft cloth or paper towel!
Remember, to get top dollar when selling your home, make sure it looks its best–from countertops to windows to floors! Need help? Get in touch with the home staging consultation experts at Three Bears Home Staging here!
Do you have granite countertops in your kitchen? If so, how do you clean them?