Natural stone countertops have been a trend for some time now and doesn’t look like it will fade anytime soon. Nowadays we have more stone interests to satisfy a variety of preferences such as quartz, granite, marble, and silestone to name a few. Although each stone may have a special re-sealing timeframe to maintain longevity and health of the stone, here are the essential universal caring tips to maintain beautiful long-lasting natural stone countertops.
- Clean the countertop with warm water and a few drops of mild or antibacterial dishwashing detergent. Rinse the surface thoroughly and dry with a soft cloth.
- Maintain countertops with a topical cleaner, stone wash weekly for best protection.
- Granite can take hot pans, but not hot fat. Avoid placing anything with hot cooking oils on the counter top.
- If oil stains don’t come off after wiping them down with stone wash cleaner, mix acetone and baking soda to make a batter consistency paste then spread it on the stain. Leave for 24 hours, then rinse with water. The stone should be resealed after this step.
- We recommend SurfaceGuard sealer for the best sealant, now available at Home Depot.
- Counter tops should be resealed every one to two years for light colors, longer for darker colors.
- Avoid cutting directly on granite. It doesn't hurt the granite; however, it dulls the knives.
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