How to Maintain Your Stone Countertop

 

Natural stone countertops are a beautiful addition to your home. With proper maintenance they will last a lifetime.

  • Next to diamonds granite is the hardest material in nature. Marble, limestone and other stones offer the same beauty but can be softer and more susceptible to stains and etching so more care many be necessary.
  • Your countertop has most likely be sealed. Sealer are different and have to be reapplied at different intervals. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions but if water soaks into the top instead of beading up on the surface  it needs to be resealed.
  • Wipe up all spills as soon as possible particularly  acid liquids like orange juice and white wine.
  • Do not use abrasive cleaners or acid based cleaners. They may dull or mar the surface.  Cleaners with balance ph are best.
  • Cutting directly on the top will likely not damage the granite but might put micro scratches in the finish and dull the surface. You will also wind up with dull knives.
  • Hear will not usually be damaged by heat but because the slab is thin it may not absorb all the heat from a hot dish. It is best to use a heat pad under hot dishes.
  • If you see a dull or rough patch call your countertop fabricator.  It is likely that etching can be repaired.
  • Use coasters for drinks.
  • Stains, if they occur, can often be removed but it is best to consult with you fabricator.
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About Tom Robinson

Tom Robinson is Director of Business Development for ANO, Inc. an Independent distributor of plumbing accessories - sinks and faucets - primarily to countertop fabrication and installation industry. The are the exclusive distributor of Eclipse Stainless products in the Midwest. Tom is a former home builder. Past President of the Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago, winner of eight key awards for design and construction and he created over $200 million in new real estate.
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