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For routine cleaning of granite, use a mild liquid detergent to remove mineral deposits and soap scum.  Too much cleaner may leave a film and cause streaks.  If this happens, clean up excess soapy film with clear, warm water and a clean sponge or rag.  Avoid using ammonia products such as Windex as they may leave a film, and do not use abrasive cleaners, steel wool, scouring pads, scrapers or sandpaper.  At Patzer Woodworking, Sealer's Choice is recommended and offered for purchase to keep your granite looking clean and fresh.  Visit with a representative about this product.

Unfortunately, a lived-in kitchen will eventually experience a stain or two, even on your granite counter.  How to remove the stain will depend on what caused the stain.  Use the suggestions below.

Oil based stains (cooking oil, cosmetics, grease, tar)
An oil based stain will darken the stone and normally must be chemically dissolved so the source of the stain can be flushed and rinsed away.  Clean gently with a soft liquid cleanser, household detergent, ammonia, mineral spirits or acetone.

Organic stains (coffee, tea, fruit, tobacco, food)
May cause a pinkish-brown stain and may disappear after the source of the stain has been removed.  Clean with 12% hydrogen peroxide and a few drops of ammonia.

Ink stains (magic marker, pen, ink)
Clean light-colored stones with bleach or hydrogen peroxide.  Clean darker stones with acetone or lacquer thinner.

Paint stains
Small amounts can be removed with lacquer thinner or scraped off carefully with a razor blade.  Heavy paint coverage should be removed with a commercial liquid paint stripper.  DO NOT USE ACIDS OR FLAME TOOLS TO STRIP PAINT FROM STONE!

Tips & Warnings:

Because granite is so durable, it's easy to think you can use anything on it.  However, this is not true if you really want to keep your counters in good condition.  Avoid products with ingredients that include lemon, orange, citrus, vinegar or other acids.  The high acid content can dull the finish.  In fact, it's a good idea to use coasters to protect your counter under glasses containing acidic drinks like alcohol or citrus juices.

Using harsher chemicals may dull or even etch the counter's finish.  Stick with milder solutions to retain the natural beauty of granite.  Also note that the little crystals found within the granite can catch light and change the countertop's appearance.

Though tops are sealed when fabricated, with use, granite tops may require sealants.  Water should "bead up" on the counter top surface, similar to water on a freshly waxed vehicle.  If the water does not "bead up," it is time to reseal your granite tops.
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