pH Neutral Cleaners For Granite Countertops
Most people are unaware of the proper methods on cleaning granite countertops daily and how a products pH level can affect a natural stones surface. Generally speaking, pH measures the range of how acidic or how much alkaline a product may have. The scale goes from zero to fourteen, with seven being neutral. Distilled water, for example, is a seven on the pH scale. If a product has a pH lower than seven, it is considered acidic and the eight to fourteen range, are cleaners with alkaline type chemicals such as amonia and bleach.
Low pH are Acidic Cleaners
Never clean natural stones containing calcite or some other calcium minerals such as polished white marble, with cleaners that have a low pH. These types of cleaning products will etch and dull the polished surface of some natural stones.
Acidic substances are usually bitter or sour, and include common products such as lemon juice and vinegar. Most bathroom and kitchen cleaners have a pH of zero to six, meaning they are acidic. As explained previously, acids can etch and dull polished stones, so you always want to use a cleaner that is pH neutral or pH balanced.
High pH are Alkaline Cleaners
High pH cleaners are at the other end of the spectrum in the eight to fourteen range, they are household cleaners with hazardous alkaline type chemicals. This group includes oven cleaners, bleach, and ammonia. The important thing to note about these products is that they are alkaline, meaning they are extremely harsh and break down substances, (including the sealer of your stone countertops). This type of cleaner is overkill, and will progressively damage granite countertops. Bringing this type of hazardous chemical into your home is unsafe and unnecessary. It's always a good idea to try and use an eco-friendly cleaner for granite countertops.