5 Tips for Maintaining Your Stone Countertops
Whether you just purchased new stone countertops, or you have had them for a while, you made a great investment. Selecting a natural or engineered stone adds a touch of elegance to any space while also adding practicality of a durable material that can last decades when properly maintained.
All stone is slightly different when it comes to specific care and cleaning, but we’ve put together everyday best practices to keeping your stone looking brand new.
Coasters: Most people instantly think to use a coaster when placing glassware on a wood table but don’t forget about your countertops. Make it a habit to use coasters under all glasses, particularly those containing alcohol or citrus juices. The smallest precaution can prevent long term staining, scorching and etching.
Trivets: While many natural stones can withstand heat, we always recommend the use of trivets or heat mats to preserve the sealant on the stone. Once the sealant breaks down, your stone is susceptible to more permanent damage. Engineered stone, such as quartz, is made with resin binders that will start to break down and cause discoloration or cracking if exposed to high heat (over 300*F). To that end, a trivet or heat mat is must when using crock pots, deep fryers, hot pots and pans or electric skillets.
Spills: It’s human nature to wipe up spills but don’t do it! Blot immediately with a paper towel, then flush the area with warm water and a mild dishwashing soap. Rinse several times and dry the area thoroughly with a soft cloth and repeat as necessary. If you still have a lingering stain on your light-colored surface like quartz, use a little Bar Keepers Friend Liquid Cleanser with a soft towel and water until the stain has lifted.
Cleaning products: It’s very important to have a good everyday countertop cleaner that won’t break down your natural stone or cause streaking. We love Miracle Sealants 511 Kleen & Reseal or Bar Keepers Friend Granite & Stone Cleaner & Polish that is designed to be used on a daily basis. Many brands offer products used for stone cleaning but be sure to avoid products containing lemon, vinegar, essential oils, bleach or other acids that may dull or etch the stone.
Sealing: If you selected natural stone, the final step in the installation process is cleaning and sealing your stone. The sealing products used in the stone industry make the stone more resistant to staining but not stain proof. The more porous the stone, the more frequently you would need to reseal. For example, marble and quartzite we recommend you reseal every 6 months whereas, granite, every year. If you have quartz countertops, there is no resealing needed.
Still have specific care and cleaning questions? Our team of experts is always here to answer your stone related inquiries. Please give us a call at (440) 892-8761 or send us an email: email@example.com.