While there are hundreds of disinfectant cleaners on the market, most of them are too harsh and abrasive for use on granite or marble countertops. Windex can strip the sealer off of your granite countertops, leaving the granite susceptible to staining and other damage. Not only can bleach degrade the sealant on your countertops, but it can also lead to staining because granite is porous. The acid in lemons is known to break down the sealant used to protect granite countertops.

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Bleach, as mentioned above, can cause damage to granite countertops, so this cleaner isn’t recommended for use either. While there is a long list of other troublesome granite cleaners, these are some of the most popular products used to clean granite that can have a negative impact on the life of your countertops. Since it was made specifically for cleaning granite and other stone countertops, it is effective at removing dirt and stains from your granite countertops without stripping off the sealer. Some of these cleaners aren’t safe for use on granite and could cause problems for your countertops. Acidic spills are even more likely to cause damage, so clean up any citrus juice or vinegar spills right away.

These stone beauties should get the proper care they deserve, which means that you need to know just what products to avoid. Once the sealer is gone, the cleaners can seep into your granite and cause damage to the stone.

In addition, ammonia can scratch the surface of your granite and even start eating away at it. The fragrances used in this cleaner can also cause the sealant on your countertops to wear. The citric acid in the wipes is notoriously bad for the sealant used on granite countertops. The citric acid in this cleaner can damage the sealer on your countertops, which opens the stone up for damage. This granite cleaner is non-abrasive and leaves behind a light clean, fresh scent. Consider using a granite cleaner on your countertops at least once a week. This coating bonds with the stone to prevent damage from moisture and stains. Using special emollients and carnauba wax, the polish can fill in tiny imperfections and cracks in your granite, which can help make your stone look like it did the day it was installed in your home. Over time, this film builds up and requires a special cleaner to remove it. If you are looking for a way to safely clean your granite countertops, look no further.

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You may think that is just nonsense, but it’s a tried-n-true method. However, if you use soap all the time , you’ll get a build-up that will dull the shine. For wiping up, just hot water will do along with a daily clean with a stone cleaner that won’t leave a film.

Hydrogen peroxide is acidic , so it could etch (dull and/or discolor) your countertops. Using a bleach solution runs the same risks as hydrogen peroxide. And since vinegar is acidic, it will definitely cause marble etching. Likely no one made you aware of the problem of marble etching, but it’s the reason marble is not recommended for kitchen countertops. Like all other disinfectant sprays, the above mildew remover must remain on the surface for 10 minutes or so. I also like to bleach after preparing raw chicken or spilling raw eggs on the counter. You want to disinfect daily, so the above is not really a “safe” option.

It has been engineered and specially formulated by stone pros and tested, tested, tested to be safe on marble and all stone. The problem is we have marble floors and marble tops in the kitchen and bathrooms. It’s a decent natural disinfectant, however, it has limited germ-killing qualities.

The same is basically true for vinegar, which is a common household disinfectant, but not effective enough for the demands of this job. Obviously, your husband’s health is the most important concern and you want to ensure that the surfaces are effectively sanitized. I really like to spray bathroom fixtures with a disinfectant cleaner. Marble is not very porous and does not stain easy especially polished (shiny) marble. Remember to leave the cleaner on the countertop / tile for a good 10 minutes. Marble doesn’t stain too easy, but it can stain which happens when something absorbs into the countertop leaving a dark spot.

Soap and water is recommended all the time for cleaning marble and granite countertops because it is so simple, but it really isn’t the best method for regular cleaning. If you do create a real mess, then washing with soap and water a couple times will get the job done.

A more potent disinfectant solution can be mixed using hydrogen peroxide or bleach, but you’re rolling the dice using these chemicals on marble. Diluting with water will decrease the risk (and killing properties), but getting the mix right is tricky, so be prepared for etch marks if you experiment. This product contains disinfecting ingredients but is formulated to be non-damaging (non-etching) on all marble countertops, floor tile, shower tile, etc. Everyone understands the desire to guard against health problems, although something interesting that you may consider is that many studies are now revealing that general use of disinfectant cleaners is overkill in most instances and over-use is likely counterproductive. I used to use bleach on my counters before preparing food on them since kitty feet aren’t exactly “clean”.

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You could use soap and hot water (yes, soap is a disinfectant cleaner) safely.

I think you’ll get optimum results using this product as a disinfectant spray. We have been told by the doctor to completely disinfect every surface of our home. In fact, polished marble is near stain-proof and typically does not need nor can it be sealed since the sealer will not absorb. And don’t apply a sealer “just to be safe” unless you want to strip off the dull hazy film it could leave when it doesn’t absorb and a residue dries on the surface.

Marble etching is often confused with staining, but they are two different issues. Which is why you need to use the “marble-safe” product recommended for disinfecting.

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In addition to its aesthetic appeal, granite can also be an attractive choice because it’s a very hard substance, which makes it resistant to heat and scratches. Kaitlyn’s offered to let us “borrow” her countertops for a few hours so we could take these photos. Gritty cleaners and heavy-duty scrub brushes may be handy for cleaning other surfaces in your home, but they’re too harsh for sealed granite. It will leave your granite so clean and shiny, you’ll want to keep your shades handy to block the glare! It’s so great knowing it’s safe for my husband and kid, too!

But that doesn’t mean that granite countertops are damage-proof! The abrasion will wear down the sealant just like acidic and harsh cleaners will. It was likely sealed when it was installed, but some kinds of granite need to be resealed at regular intervals. Microfiber is very gentle, which is great for stone, plus it’s highly effective at buffing away streaks.

It works great for spot cleaning hardwood floors, because the alcohol makes it evaporate quickly.

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These cast polymer products offer clean lines, harmonious styling and a nonporous surface that resists mildew and staining, and wipes clean with minimal effort. All cleaners have a toll-free phone number on them that you can call if you have any questions. A clear or white automotive wax can also be used to wax the surface. When cleaning shower or tub walls, be careful not to scrub or agitate the silicone seams. To clean the textured floor of shower pans, a soft bristled nylon brush can be used.

This cleaner/polish leaves a wax finish which helps repel the water off walls and in bowls.

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Get rid of soap scum, dirt and grime and feel good about your bathroom for your family and guests.

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It even works as a floor cleaner spray to keep everything looking fabulous. Spray too weak and it fails to make its target and ends up on the floor.

It can be used for the sink, the tub, shower, and even the toilet bowl.

Removes hard water stains and mineral deposits without any hazardous or offensive fumes. Ordinary everyday shower and bath cleaners can damage natural stone and lead to costly repair and replacement.

It even works as a floor cleaner spray to keep everything looking fabulous. Get rid of soap scum, dirt and grime and feel good about your bathroom for your family and guests. The spray is a 1/2 inch foaming stream that provides poor coverage. Spray too hard and it splatters on the walls, the cabinets and you. If not wiped immediately, it turns yellow and leaves a stain, as a lot of other reviews state. They need non-toxic daily shower relief: a naturally derived biodegradable formula that dissolves stains and protects against soap scum. Great for glass ceramic tile plastic chrome porcelain stone and more.

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Whatever you call it, knowing how to clean laminate countertops is key to keeping it looking lovely. Don’t use too much water, especially near the seams of the laminate, because it can penetrate and cause the laminate to swell and crack.

To clean greasy buildup, use a commercial kitchen cleaner or make your own cleaning solution by mixing vinegar and water in a 50/50 solution. For incredibly tough stains, leave the baking soda paste on the stain overnight and wipe off in the morning. Put a little on a cotton ball or soft cloth and rub it on the stain.

The best way to keep laminate counters clean is to wipe up spills immediately. For daily cleaning, use a soft cloth to wipe a mild liquid detergent or commercial cleaner on the countertop.

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Don’t use an acidic cleaner like bleach, or a tub and tile cleaner, because it can etch or permanently discolor the laminate. To remove stains from coffee or tea, mix a paste of baking soda and a mild household cleaner and apply to the soiled spot. Baking soda is a bit abrasive and can leave fine scratches, so take it easy. Once a laminate countertop is scratched it becomes more porous and will stain much easier. Another option for removing stains is to rub the spot with a cotton ball moistened with bleach. Be sure the cloth is white, because nail polish remover could remove the dye from the fabric and stain the laminate.

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Due to their non-porous nature, cultured marble products resist most stains.

Avoid extended or frequent exposure to extremely high temperature water. A separate cast iron or porcelain bowl will allow for a bowl change if it should become damaged. When patch is dry, sand with 1200 grit wet/dry sandpaper using water and a small sanding block.

Other products may be used, but be sure to read the label to ensure the product is safe to use. However, extended exposure to harsh chemicals such as ammonia or bleach should be avoided because they may cause discoloration. Occasional treatment with a high quality liquid or paste wax will renew the finish and prevent soap buildup. Be cautious not to oversand through the gel coat, which will result in a permanent dull spot.

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Now, its pretty obvious that you buy cultured marble in the first place to cover the walls or countertop in high humidity areas like your bathroom.

This can be done with a fan (on a timer!) or as simply as opening your bathroom doors.

Besides being the cheapest form to keep your enclosures clean, it will give you a little exercise as well! Keeping your shower clean will keep your investment well protected. Since there are no grout joints to deal with, it is very easy to keep clean. Another method commonly used is spraying daily shower cleaners on the surrounds.

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This layer acts as a shield and protects the limestone underneath from these harsh chemicals.

We just suggest that you make sure to “air out” these areas after you use them. Instead of letting the water that splashed on the walls evaporate throughout the day, you can use a squeegee to quickly remove excess water. Cultured marble is often sought after as one of the lowest maintenance, customizable products in the market today. You simply spray it on and walk away letting the formula do the work for you. We suggest not letting any product dry on the surface (except for the daily shower cleaners) of cultured marble.


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