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 acidic liquids like citric juice, wine or vinegar.
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