Can You Use Vinegar to Clean Granite?

Granite is a gorgeous surface, but if it covers your kitchen counters then keeping it clean can be a challenge. Though vinegar is tough enough to tackle germs and food debris, it's a little too intense for a granite surface. Avoid it, and other acids, but you can easily create your own cleaning solution easily.

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Problems with Vinegar and Granite

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You want to avoid any type of acidic cleaner on a granite surface; that's because acids will cause etching in the surface, which are tiny lines and fissures. Etching mars the surface of granite. Since vinegar is a strong acid, you want to leave it on the shelf when choosing a cleaner for your granite. It will clean and disinfect the surface, but it can also mar the finish permanently.

Alternatives to Vinegar

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If you'd like a simple cleaning solution, use rubbing alcohol, which isn't acidic and will clean and disinfect granite surfaces, leaving them grime-free and shiny. You can also use a few drops of dish detergent and water. You could even pre-make a custom granite cleaning solution, suggests the website HouseCleaningTips.com: combine 1/4 cup of isopropyl rubbing alcohol, 1 tsp. or so of dish washing detergent, and enough water to fill a quart-sized spray bottle.