Hone Your Stone: Clean Your Countertops Naturally

Clean your natural stone countertops with this nontoxic, homemade cleaner.

| July/August 2008

Granite, marble and other natural stone surfaces offer durability and a sense of luxury, making them ubiquitous for countertop applications in upscale kitchens. Care for them with nontoxic cleansers and forgo the chemical sealants—the effort will go a long way toward making your kitchen more earth-friendly.

Most stone is porous, meaning that soil, food particles and liquids can penetrate the surface. Natural sealants can delay this, but none promise to prevent it completely. For daily maintenance, spray the surface with our simple Stone Cleaning Solution and wipe with a clean, soft cloth.

For spills, the best option is to wipe them up and use the solution as soon as possible. For really sticky messes, completely moisten a cloth with the solution, then microwave it for 20 seconds (or more) until the cloth is steaming hot. Use tongs to place the cloth directly on the stubborn spot. Soak until the grime is loosened.

If you’ve exhausted home remedies and the stain is persistent, call a professional stone installer for advice or a referral.

Stone Cleaning Solution

2 tablespoons  biodegradable liquid soap
3 3/4 cups water
32-ounce spray bottle*

1. Pour soap and water into spray bottle.

2. Replace top and shake gently until completely combined. It will keep indefinitely.

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