Know Your Stone
The natural stone countertop you have purchased for your home is an investment that will give you many years of beautiful service. Stone is a natural product and simple care and maintenance will keep it looking beautiful. Make sure you understand which methods are best for your particular granite countertop.
General Care & Cleaning
To maintain the appearance of your polished granite, clean it with lukewarm water, wipe it with a soft cotton cloth or paper towel and allow it to air dry. To get the longest life and preserve the beauty of your natural stone, follow these simple tips:
- If it is necessary to use a cleaner, treat stone surfaces with a neutral cleaner, stone soap or a mild liquid dishwashing detergent like Dawn. Rinse the surface thoroughly after washing with a soap solution and dry with a soft cloth. Do not use scouring powders or creams since they may scratch the surface.
- Excessive concentration of cleaner or soap may leave a film and cause streaks. To eliminate build-up or streaking, mix rubbing alcohol and water (50/50 ratio) in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture on your countertops and wipe dry with a soft cloth.
- Use coasters under glasses, particularly those that contain citrus juices or alcohol.
- Use trivets or mats under hot dishes and placemats under objects that can scratch the surface.
- If you have a spill, blot with a paper towel immediately. Don’t wipe the area since it will spread the spill. Flush the area with mild soap and water and rinse several times. Dry with a cloth.
We apply a sealer to your granite countertop at the time of installation. This will need to be reapplied every 1-3 years, depending on the type of stone, frequency of cleaning and the cleaners used. Marble is more porous than granite and it will need to be sealed more frequently.
- When reapplying the sealer, be sure it is non-toxic and safe for use on food preparation surfaces. If there are questions, check with the sealer manufacturer.
Marble will bruise if things are dropped on it. Marble will also etch if exposed to acids like lemon juice.
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