Stone Care is Easy, Simple and Inexpensive
Proper sealing of natural stone will prevent staining that can occur due to the porous nature of some natural stones. How do you know if your countertop has already been sealed, you might ask? If you recently bought a newly built home with countertops already installed, the builder probably already sealed them.
How often do I need reseal my countertops?
Everything we fabricate here at Granite Countertop Warehouse comes with a complimentary 10-year sealer, and we also offer a Lifetime Sealer as well.
Is there a specific way to clean my countertops?
When it comes to cleaning your stone surface, conventional products may have a serious effect on the countertop, so it is best to avoid products with harsh chemicals or abrasive ingredients. The reaction to these ingredients is gradual and can eventually dull the natural polish of the stone, or may even cause discoloration. There are many specialty stone care products that are formulated to clean your stone surface. You may also use a neutral, non-abrasive cleaner or mild dishwashing detergent. Do not use products containing lemon, vinegar, acids, or other abrasive chemicals. Also make sure to use a soft cloth as opposed to a sponge or other scrubber as this can scratch or wear down the sealant.
Other Things to Avoid
When preparing food, always use a cutting board instead of cutting directly on your countertops to avoid scratching them. If you have olive oil in your kitchen, make sure to not leave the container directly on your countertops as the oil can discolor your countertops. Granite can absorb spills somewhat easily so make sure to clean up spills as soon as possible to prevent discoloration. Avoid putting raw meat directly on your countertops as the bacteria can also cause discoloration. And lastly, never place hot pots or pans on your granite surface as the excessive heat can leave a burn mark on your countertops.