How to: Clean Granite Countertops - Best Cleaning Products

This morning, we considered the steps a stone counter owner can take to keep things streak free and shiny. Now here's a look at the best cleaning products for stone counters.

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Method granite + marble cleaner: We've already heard some praise for this product this morning ("Magic" says Sara). I've only been using this new product for a couple of days, but it is already my top pick. It might seem expensive at first($7.99 for 12 oz at Gristedes, $5 plus shipping at Method Store, on sale for $4.19 at drugstore.com), but the bottle's sprayer sends out a fine mist across a large surface area so you don't use very much with each cleaning. The smell is clean, but slightly chemical. We wish the bottle was as high design as some of Method's other work. Method's site assures us that the product is biodegradable and safe.

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Clorox Disinfecting Wipes Kitchen (Bleach Free): After the spinach E.coli scare, we're re-considering how we disinfect kitchen work surfaces. The Clorox package says the product kills salmonella and E.coli. We don't like using harsh chemicals often, so we use these wipes only when doing a deeper cleaning. They are also great for the stainless steel sink; its great when the same product can do more than one job. Though they are convenient, the environmental implications of using a one time use wipe that comes inside a big plastic tub can't be great. I'm hoping someone has an alternative recommendation. The wipes are $3.19 for 35 wipes at Fresh Direct.

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Mrs. Meyers Counter Top Spray: Mrs. Meyer's brings the strongest smelling product and the prettiest bottle to the party. While testing these, we were sometimes overwhelmed by the smell of the lavender, especially when it clashed with the smell of the chocolate cake in the oven, but other times guests commented on how refreshing it smelled. Mrs. Meyer's has the least amount of confusing chemical ingredients and has no chemical smell. The spray is "cruelty-free", biodegradable, and costs $5 plus shipping on her site and $4.99 at Drugstore.com. I stopped using Mrs. Meyer's because she leaves streaks.

This article in Real Simple recommends Weiman wipes, so we're going to check them out soon too.

We suggest buying a couple products that are marked as safe for granite countertops. Try them out in an inconspicuous area of your counter first and test them out. Consider one product for daily tidy-ups and streak removal and another for deeper cleaning.

A couple people told us they stick to good old dish soap and water to keep their stone countertops clean. How about you?

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