DIY Network

Quick Cleaning Tips

How to Care for Solid-Surface Countertops (page 2 of 3)

Preserve the look of your granite, marble or tile countertop with these maintenance tips.

More in Kitchen


While strong and durable, this natural stone product needs special care to maintain its characteristic high-gloss finish.

Prevention is key with granite countertops. Mop up spills as soon as possible, before they can penetrate the surface. Use coasters under beverages, since acids common in soft drinks and fruit juices can etch and dull granite surfaces.

Clean granite with a solution of warm water and a few drops of liquid dishwashing detergent. Use a wrung-out cleaning cloth to clean the surface, then rinse with a cleaning cloth soaked in clear water. Avoid cleaning products containing acid, such as white vinegar, since they can etch or dull the surface.