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Environmentally-Friendly Cleaning Procedures

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A clean kitchen is a happy kitchen.

Cooking in a kitchen that’s clean and sparkling is truly satisfying. Especially when the countertops are smooth and free of dry, built up food. There are many effective ways to keep your granite and quartz countertops clean. But, what if you enjoy using environmentally-friendly cleaning procedures? Well, we have good news for you! Not only are these cleaning procedures environmentally-friendly, but they are also cost-effective and usually found inside your cupboard!

Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is good for more than just cleaning cuts and scrapes. It can easily be incorporated into your cleaning routine, especially for granite and quartz countertops. Find a 3% solution from your local drug store or grocery store and roll up your sleeves! Put the hydrogen peroxide into a spray bottle, unless it’s already in one when purchased. Spray your countertops down and let it sit for a moment. Then, grab a clean, dry cotton or microfibre cloth and wipe down your countertops. This can help to not only sanitize your countertops, but really get rid of any dirt or grime.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is a great natural cleaning product. Mix baking soda in a bowl with water until it forms a paste-like solution. This is a great natural solution to cutting through grease, dried food, or other stains found on your granite or quartz countertops. Use a clean cotton cloth to clean your counters with this solution, until all the residue is gone. Use a different cloth with clean water to wipe them down afterwards and remove the baking soda solution. Afterwards, use a dry microfiber cloth to wipe up any water and leave your counters sparkling! Baking soda is a cost-effective cleaning solution, and most often you can find it in your cupboard at home!

Eco-Friendly Products

There is a wide selection of eco-friendly cleaning products available for you to use. Take a look online, or head to your local grocery store to see what’s available locally. You will want to find a product that has a neutral pH level, and is both non-toxic and non-acidic. These products may be a little more costly than other cleaning products, but the environment will thank you.

What to Avoid

It’s important to keep in mind that stone, especially granite, is porous. This means that any liquid that touches the surface is easily-absorbed and can cause long-lasting damage to your countertops. You will want to avoid using these products on your granite or quartz countertops:

  • Lemon juice
  • White vinegar
  • Bleach
  • Ammonia

These products should be avoided at all costs, as they can easily etch or dull the stone. If you aren’t sure which products can be used on your counters, read the labels and look for any acidic ingredients. Take a look at how to clean your granite countertops and how to clean your quartz countertops for more ideas! For more information, contact the experts at Custom Granite in Stoney Creek!

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