How to Make Granite Shine With a Homemade Cleaner

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How to Make Granite Shine With a Homemade Cleaner
Granite is commonly used to in countertops, kitchen and bathroom tiles and as flooring. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

In order to maintain its natural shine and beauty, granite should be routinely cleaned to remove dirt, dust and residue. Because it's a naturally porous stone, only pH balanced cleaners should be used for cleaning. Any harsh or abrasive chemicals may scratch the stones surface or cause discolouration. Although there are many stone cleaners sold, stone cleaners can be made at home, usually costing less than commercially sold products.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Spray bottle
  • Soft cloth
  • 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1 tsp pure Castile soap
  • 3/4 cup hydrogen peroxide
  • 20 drops of tea tree oil
  • 20 drops of lavender or lemon grass essential oil

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Instructions

    Granite Cleaner

  1. 1

    Combine 1 tsp of isopropyl alcohol with 1 cup of water and a squirt of liquid dish soap in a spray bottle. Swirl the bottle to mix the ingredients.

  2. 2

    Spray the mixture directly onto the granite.

  3. 3

    Use a soft cloth to wipe the mixture into the granite and clean it.

  4. 4

    Rinse the soft cloth to remove soap residue. Once the water running from the cloth is clear, wring the cloth. Wipe the granite to remove all soap and alcohol residue.

  5. 5

    Use a microfiber towel to dry the granite. This prevents water spots.

    Granite and Marble Cleaner

  1. 1

    Combine 2 cups of water, 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar, 1 tsp pure Castile soap, 3/4 cup hydrogen peroxide and 20 drops of tea tree oil in a 946ml. spray bottle. If desired, 20 drops of lavender or lemon grass essential oil can be added to neutralise the scent of the vinegar. Swirl the bottle to combine all ingredients.

  2. 2

    Spray the mixture directly onto the granite.

  3. 3

    Use a soft cloth to wipe the mixture into the granite and clean it.

  4. 4

    Rinse the soft cloth to remove soap residue. Once the water running from the cloth is clear, wring the cloth. Wipe the granite to remove all residue left behind by the cleaner.

  5. 5

    Use a microfiber towel to dry the granite. This prevents water spots.

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