Today’s post is an updated version of a post originally shared back in October of 2012 — but it’s one I still get SOOOOOO many questions about, so I’m re-sharing it in hopes that more people see it and get answers to their granite countertop questions!
When we renovated our kitchen back in the summer of 2012, I was absolutely convinced I wanted black granite countertops… until I met with the owner of Premier Granite and Stone (who just so happens to be a friend from high school). He knew me well enough to suggest that I might not want black granite since it shows every crumb, water spot, finger print, dust bunny, etc.
He suggested New Venetian Gold Granite for a more practical, yet equally timeless look… and I LOVE it!!!
The colors in our kitchen counters tie everything in our kitchen together. They have white flecks that mirror the cabinets, brown that ties in with the floor, black for the island, and a tan/beige that picks up on the wall color. Plus, if the light shines just right, there are some metallic flecks that work with our stainless appliances.
It’s just the most perfect granite for our kitchen… and it doesn’t show any dirt, dust, crumbs, water spots, finger prints, etc. I actually have to run my hand over the counters to see if they need to be wiped down… 6 years later and I’m STILL so glad I made the switch to New Venetian Gold!
Anyway, when our counters were installed, we got a nice little packet of information on how to clean and care for them… and it said DO NOT use vinegar as the acid in it will eventually etch away at the granite.
Since I use vinegar to clean much of my home, I had to find another granite cleaning solution. After doing a little research of my own, I decided on a homemade recipe that has been working marvelously for me ever since!
I should also mention that you can use straight dish soap and water — like when you’re filling up the sink to wash dishes. That will work perfectly fine… especially for granite like mine. However, if you have black or white granite, soap and water could leave streaks.
If you don’t want streaks, today’s post has THE granite cleaner for you!
Recipe for Homemade Granite Cleaner
- 1/4 c. rubbing alcohol (this is what eliminates the streaks)
- 3 -4 drops dish soap
- water — enough to fill the 16 oz bottle
- 2 or 3 drops essential oil (optional — and I don’t use them)
Mix all the ingredients in a 16 oz plastic spray bottle (found at most dollar stores), give it a shake, and you’re ready to clean.
It’s a quick, simple, and frugal way to clean any granite surface!
If you don’t feel like making your own cleaner, here are a few store bought cleaners specifically for granite (affiliate links).
- Method Daily Granite Cleaner
- Granite Gold Daily Cleaner
- 409 Stone Cleaner
- Simple Green Stone Cleaner