Granite and marble are two natural stones that make for beautiful countertops. Whether in the kitchen or atop your solid wood vanity, taking care of your natural stone counter tops can be tricky if you don’t know what to do. The best thing is to be proactive with any spills, but if you don’t know what’s the right way to clean your counter top you may end up causing it more damage than you prevented.
To prevent damage, etching or stains here’s a list of 4 things to know before getting started:
- Have your natural stone counter tops sealed with the appropriate sealer. Contact a professional stonemason to place the sealant before you begin using your countertop.
- Have your natural stone counter tops sealed annually to prevent wear and tear on the seal creating pores that may cause stains or etches.
- Clean your natural stone counter tops regularly with a soft towel and soap free cleaner.
- If you must drink coffee (or other liquids) while in the bathroom, place your cup on top of a coaster to prevent water rings from forming.
If you take the precautions mentioned above, you’ll see a much longer life of your natural stone counter tops.
So now that you know what you need to do proactively, what else do you need to know about how to care for natural stone counter tops?
Here is a short list of a few things to do that will help you maintain the life and beauty of your natural stone counter tops:
- Use a clean soft, towel, or sponge to wipe the counter top and edges.
- Blot any liquids, don’t rub it or scrub it, as it will push the liquid into the stone’s pores creating etching or staining.
- Use disinfectants specifically designed for your specific natural stone counter tops. Others may cause harm to the sealant and creating pores that liquids can get to the stone.
Now that you have an idea of what you need to do, there are some things that you need to know what NOT to do to preserve your natural stone counter tops. These tips will help you save time and more importantly money as they will save the integrity of your granite and marble stone counters.
The most important thing to know is that the number one cause of damage to a counter top is improper cleaning and is also the leading cause of stone restoration. Additionally, know these dangers below before you clean, and you’ll save yourself the headache of having to call a professional stonemason to refurbish your counter tops.
- Never use scouring powders, creams and cleaners. These will wear away your sealant and burrow themselves into the stones pours creating stains and etches.
- Never use any cleaner that has acids.
- Never use cleaners designed for other types of cleaning such as grout, tile, tub or glass cleaners. These will damage your seal and the stone.
- Never place or use nail cleaners, polish removers, perfume or cologne on your natural stone counter tops. These all have chemicals that will damage your stone.
By getting to know these dangers can help you maintain the health of your counter tops. And by knowing how to care for natural stone counter tops will save you money in the long term.