Granite, marble and composite stone benches

Stone is a lovely surface to work on and is also very easy to care for. 

Recipe

  • Dust pan and brush or handheld vacuum cleaner
  • 50/50 Castile soap and water
  • Warm to hot water
  • Essential oil of choice

A gentle everyday clean

Spray the worktop with 50/50 water and Castile soap mix (essential oils optional, I love lemon) and just wipe clean with a microfiber cloth. Done. 

A deep clean

Clear the stone surface of all equipment and brush or vacuum dust and crumbs away. Once all of the loose bits are removed, it is time to make the stone sparkle again.

Fill the sink with hot water and add a splash (2 tbs) Castile soap and mix well. Add a few drops of eucalyptus or lemon essential oils to the mix. This is optional, but will make the room smell lovely and fresh while cleaning and will leave a citrus scent on the bench when finished. I also add lemon peel to my Castile soap as this boosts the citrus perfume. 

With a clean microfiber cloth wipe the surface clean. If you have any stains on the surface you can add a little bicarb soda and then with a soaking wet cloth, wipe in circular motions until the mark is removed. It is recommended to clean away marks as they happen because the longer they stay the harder the mark will be to remove. Once clean, polish dry with a clean dry microfiber cloth.

If done regularly your bench will look lovely for years.

Note: Do not use vinegar on a stone, granite or composite stone surface. This is acidic and could damage your stone surface. Also if you have a sealed stone and it is looking dull, it may be time to call in the experts and have the whole surface re-sealed and cleaned professionally.