A granite, marble, or quartz stone countertop is an investment that will add incredible value and elegance to your home. The countertop is what defines your kitchen. It’s where you prepare meals, socialize, or help Junior with his homework. Below, we highlight a few tips to extend the life and beauty of your new natural stone.
- Be sure to use coasters whenever you drink. This is key to preventing stains and discolorations, especially from alcohol or citrus juices.
- If liquid does spill onto the countertop, clean it up immediately before the coloration has the chance to seep into the stone’s pores.
- Blot the area with a paper towel rather than wiping it, as this will prevent spreading the spill.
- Use placemats and trivets for ceramics and other containers that can potentially scratch the surface.
Though natural stone surfaces are hard and durable, they’re also porous, which means that liquids can penetrate and stain the area. Sealing your stone with a quality, impregnating sealer will prevent most spills from damaging your investment. Opt for natural sealers when possible.
How to Clean Marble, Stone and Granite Countertops
When cleaning stone surfaces, opt for a neutral cleaner, clear glass cleaner, mild dishwashing detergent with warm water, or stone soap. Conservatively apply the cleaning solution using a soft cloth to prevent leaving a film or any streaks. Be certain to read the labels and avoid using cleaners that contain lemon, vinegar, or any other acids that can damage your new countertop.