Light-colored honed granite stones should be cleaned using bleach or hydrogen peroxide, whereas dark-colored stones should be cleaned using acetone.
Granite, being one of the few hardest stones on earth, is resistant to heat and scratches. Honed granite is more prone to staining than polished granite. If not maintained properly, it will clearly show oil stains and dust specs.
Without further ado, let's see some methods and tips to keep a honed granite countertop clean.
Honed Granite Maintenance Tips
Use warm water and liquid soap to get rid of those stains on the honed granite countertop. Make sure that the soap being used is phosphate-free, otherwise it will damage the texture of the stone. Do not use excessive liquid soap, as in the long run, it will leave a film on the stone, resulting in the loss of its gloss.
To remove stains of coffee and lemon, you can add a few drops of hydrogen peroxide to water, and then add ammonia to it. Dab this mixture to a soft cloth and rub it on the stain. Leave the mixture on the stain for a couple of minutes and then wipe it off with a wet cloth moistened in water.
If there are spills of a certain liquid or food product on the granite, then dab the spill with a paper towel. Wiping the area with a cloth will make the spill to spread across the stone. Once you dab it off, you can rinse the surface with liquid biodegradable soap and warm water.
If there is a buildup of moss or algae on the stone, then you can use mild bleach with water to rinse the surface clean.
Metallic stains can damage and stain the stone forever. In such a situation, the honed granite countertop has to be poulticed. Poulticing is a procedure in which the poultice powder (available in stores and with stone dealers) is made into a paste by adding a liquid chemical to it. This paste is worked upon the stains of the stone and is allowed to rest for about 48 hours. As the paste slowly dries, it sucks away all the stains. The procedure can be repeated if the stains are too stubborn.
Stains from oil, ink, paint, and cosmetics can be wiped off with a cleanser, bleach, or acetone on the honed granite countertop.
While using the honed granite countertop in your kitchen or as your dining table top, make sure that you get the stone sealed by your stone supplier. Sealing is a process that makes the stone resistant to stains. Remember that sealing cannot make honed granite stones 100% stain-proof. It just acts as a good repellent to stains.
What You Should Avoid
Powdered detergents contain pumice, which is abrasive for the surface of the stone.
Acidic cleansers can corrode the honed granite countertop.
If the interiors of the house with honed granite stones are kept clean, without the buildup of dust, then the chances of dirt accumulation on the stone reduces. This keeps the stains away.
Do not use ammonia excessively while cleaning the honed granite countertop. It makes the stone dull.
So the next time when your honed granite is dirty and stained you will not be in a clueless state of mind. Also, keep in mind what you should be avoiding for the long life of the stone.