Natural stone countertops are a must-have for today’s homeowner, whether building a newly constructed home or planning a home renovation. While they’re not as maintenance free as some man-made materials, it’s still easy to protect your natural stone countertops from stains. The great news is that natural stone countertops are more heat-resistant and scratch-resistant than man-made options. Let’s look at the following simple tips to keep your natural stone as new as the first day it was installed.
The first thing you’ll want to do is seal your natural stone. Your countertops may already come with its first coat of sealant when it’s installed. It’s always best to double check with the fabricator. Here at Marble Granite World, all of our countertops are automatically sealed with a one-year sealer prior to installation. However, we offer 15-year sealer as an optional add-on for customers who don’t want to worry about resealing year after year. If your granite or marble countertop has not yet been sealed, you’ll want to purchase a sealer at your local home goods store. Follow the directions on the container and repeat as directed. Be sure to reseal your natural stone countertops as needed to keep it looking as fantastic as the day you had it installed.
Avoid strong or abrasive chemicals when cleaning and protecting your natural stone countertops. Instead of a typical kitchen cleaner, you can use a specially formulated natural stone cleaner or simply use warm, soapy water to keep the finish clean. Just be sure to not allow your stone cleaner or soapy water to soak into the surface. Formulated cleaners are both gentle and effective for everyday cleaning, whereas abrasive chemicals such as bleach and ammonia can damage the surface of the stone.
At Marble Granite World, we recommend avoiding the following cleaners when caring for your natural stone countertops.
Wipe up any spills immediately. Most natural stone is very porous and is prone to absorbing liquids or other colored or pigmented products if they are allowed to sit on the surface. Fortunately, sealer is designed to protect against such spills. Even with your countertops sealed, it is best practice to clean up spills immediately. Here are some common items that may cause staining, particularly on unsealed natural stone countertops.
Burns, Scratches, Cracks, and Chips
Natural stone countertops are durable and are generally able resist damage. However, accidents can happen. We recommend using common sense near your countertops. For example, your natural stone may be heat resistant; but, you still should use a hot pad under hot pans.
Your natural stone could also become cracked or chipped if another heavy or dense item is dropped onto the surface or hits an edge. Avoid dropping or placing very heavy items on your stone countertops. Also avoid standing or sitting on your countertops. If you find that your natural stone countertop is damaged, we recommend contacting a professional to make the proper repair. Depending on the damage, it may be able to be repaired close to the original condition.
With these few simple care tips, you can keep your natural stone countertops looking good as new. Feel free to contact us with any care and maintenance questions you may have.
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