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Old 08-21-2014, 09:09 AM   #1
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Unhappy Granite Cleaner and Polish Not Food Safe

I have been using a certain brand of granite cleaner and polish daily on my new granite counter and I got curious about it's ingredients. Since the bottle does not display any, I went to the website and it claimed they were "Proprietary" ingredients and to go to the MSDS (safety Sheet) for info. The sheet was quite scary in it's warnings. I emailed the customer relations asking about contact with food and was sent this response an got this response:
"Our product is not a food safe product. You will want to wash your countertops with soap and water before placing the food directly on the countertops."

What??? Were any of you aware of this or am I just ignorant?
Why bother with the ease of using it if I have to back over it with soap and water?




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Old 08-21-2014, 10:32 AM   #2
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That is irresponsible in my mind. They have to know their product would be used in the kitchen at some time.

Is there no warning on the container?
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Old 08-21-2014, 10:52 AM   #3
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That's strange. And I agree, irresponsible.
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Old 08-21-2014, 10:59 AM   #4
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If the product is marketed for kitchens then they should have some sort of warning on the label. If it is marketed for other locations it stands to reason the user should do some research.

I don't use driveway degreaser in the kitchen.
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Old 08-21-2014, 11:13 AM   #5
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Is your granite sealed? If so, you should be able to clean it with hot water. It does attract soap scum, so it seems odd that you are instructed to wash it using soap after cleaning and polishing it--one step too many for my liking. I shied away from granite because of the maintenance. I opted for a custom-made ash butcher block counter top that I sealed with multiple coats of food-grade mineral oil. Super easy to maintain.
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Old 08-21-2014, 12:14 PM   #6
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I use my homemade all-purpose cleaner on my granite counter tops - 1/3 white vinegar, 1/3 lemon juice, 1/3 water in a spray bottle. Works great, perfectly food-safe.
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Old 08-21-2014, 02:34 PM   #7
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Since you asked, I have to say I was not aware that I need to go to the internet to discover if granite polish is not food safe. Common sense tells me that I should consider any and all types of polish unsafe for food. I even consider that my tooth polish to be not food safe because I rinse after use making my teeth more food safe.
Since my kitchen is, in truth and reality, a work station, I don't polish my granite every day. The work areas get cleansed before and after food prep and that's shiny enough for me. It's worked here for over 19 years and I hope it continues for at least 19 more.
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Since you asked, I have to say I was not aware that I need to go to the internet to discover if granite polish is not food safe. Common sense tells me that I should consider any and all types of polish unsafe for food. I even consider that my tooth polish to be not food safe because I rinse after use making my teeth more food safe.
Since my kitchen is, in truth and reality, a work station, I don't polish my granite every day. The work areas get cleansed before and after food prep and that's shiny enough for me. It's worked here for over 19 years and I hope it continues for at least 19 more.
+1. It's a hard stone, so it's plenty durable as long as it's sealed. I only polish it occasionally (read: a couple times a year) when I'm deep-cleaning.
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+1. It's a hard stone, so it's plenty durable as long as it's sealed. I only polish it occasionally (read: a couple times a year) when I'm deep-cleaning.
That's what I do too, although I think it's bunk that the product has no warnings about it's food safety. BTW.......what's the name of the product?
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Since you asked, I have to say I was not aware that I need to go to the internet to discover if granite polish is not food safe. Common sense tells me that I should consider any and all types of polish unsafe for food...
Common sense should also tell you that a company selling a product used on food preparation surfaces should either make a food safe product or attach a warning on the product container.

How often you clean/polish your work surface is irrelevant to this discussion.
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