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A surprising number of people still clean their granite countertops with a combination of vinegar and warm water. Houzz user Poorgirl said it best: "I would not recommend you use vinegar on your stone; it's acidic and will eat your polished finish in time." Natural stones like granite will require sealing upon installation, so it's important to talk to your professional installer regarding their suggested sealer brands.
Designer Kayron Brewer adds, "Once the surface has been sealed, daily cleaning is as simple as mopping with straight warm water."
For tough stains: For dirt and spills, use a stone-care cleanser that's the correct pH with water. Don't forget to read the cleanser label for the correct dilution ratios.
Stay away from: Bleach and acidic cleansers.
Before cleaning ceramic tiles, pick up loose dirt particles by sweeping or vacuuming prior to mopping. Use a soft bristle brush or vacuum floor attachment without a beater bar so the floor surface isn't scratched by the wrong attachment. After you remove the loose particles, the floor can be mopped with warm water. For tougher dirt and spills, mop with a neutral-pH cleaning solution. Many grout and sealant manufacturers have neutral-pH cleaning solutions made specifically for ceramic tile cleaning. Rinse the surface with warm water after cleaning.
For tough stains: Use a scraper to remove stubborn debris. A nylon scrubbing pad dampened with dishwashing liquid can be used to remove grout stains; apply grout sealer twice a year to prevent stains.
Stay away from: Bleach and other acidic cleansers, which discolor or fade grout joints over time. Also avoid oil soaps and ammonia, which will yellow grout, and vinegar, which will damage it.
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