Natural Stone Countertop Maintenance – C&D Granite
Contrary to popular myths, caring for and maintaining your soapstone, granite, marble, and quartz stone countertop is quite easy and simple. We thought it would be helpful to make a page for our customers to provide detailed and easy instructions on natural stone countertop maintenance and care.
C&D Granite cares about forming a long lasting relationship with our customers and are willing to answer any of your countertop care questions that you come across. Contact us or visit the MIA stone countertop care page to find additional cleaning and maintenance information.
Marble, granite, quartz, and soapstone each possess unique characteristics and need to be cared for differently. For the ease of our customers, C&D Granite has provided these simple countertop cleaning and maintenance guides. When choosing a stone, it is important to review and take into consideration the extent of cleaning and maintenance needed to maintain the appearance of your stone countertop.
Simple tips to preserve the life of every stone countertop:
- Use coasters under glasses
- Utilize trivets and mats when setting hot objects on your stone counter
- Blot spills with paper towels and avoid wiping/spreading the spill
Care for Marble Countertops:
Caring for your marble bathroom and kitchen countertops is painless and keeps your home looking beautiful. Marble countertops are heavy duty and durable but are still porous surfaces.
Use mild dish soap and warm water to clean any tougher spills or stains on your marble bathroom or kitchen countertops. Use a soft cloth and avoid using excessive amounts of cleaner for the best cleaning results.
Every few months, you should test to see if you need to seal your kitchen and bathroom countertops. To seal marble countertops or vanity tops, apply a marble stone sealer to the clean countertop surface. Clean the countertop in smaller sections and do not over spray the entire countertop. Let this sealer sit on the countertop for roughly thirty minutes.
The final step is to pour a few drops of water on the marble countertop surface after the half hour is up and check if the water forms little beads. If the water beads up, you are done! Keeping your countertop cleaned and polishing it every month should mean that you only need to seal your marble countertop every three to six months.
Never use acidic or harsh cleaners on your marble countertops. Acidic cleaners such as lemon juice, Windex, and vinegar are too abrasive and should not be used on marble countertop surfaces. Solid surface vanity tops and countertops should never be cleaned with hard pads or with utensils that scrape the marble countertop. Instead, use a mild, non-acidic cleaner.
Care for Granite Countertops:
For regular maintenance of your granite countertop surfaces, use paper towel to clean up any spills or leftover residue as they occur to avoid stains. Also wash your kitchen granite countertops with warm, soapy water regularly to clear any dirt or cubs from the surface.
For more in-depth cleaning of your solid surface countertop, mix a warm non acidic formula made of three parts dish detergent and only one part rubbing alcohol.
Sealing your granite countertops is an added precaution to avoid staining. However, sealing does not make your countertop stain proof, but rather adds a layer of protection and makes the stone countertop stain resistant.
Every few months, you should test to see if you need to seal your kitchen and bathroom countertops. To seal your granite countertop, apply a granite stone sealer to the clean countertop surface. Use a non-toxic sealer when applying sealer to food preparation areas. Clean the countertop in smaller sections and do not over spray the entire countertop. Let this granite sealer sit on the countertop for roughly thirty minutes. The final step is to pour a few drops of water on the granite countertop surface after the thirty minute wait time and see if it forms little beads. If the water beads up, you are done! Keeping your countertop cleaned and polishing it every month should mean that you only need to seal your countertop once or twice per year.
Never use harsh or acidic cleaners such as Windex, hydrofluoric acid, vinegar, lemon juice, or ammonia to clean your granite countertop surfaces. Granite countertops are very durable but should never be exposed to acidic formulas since they can deteriorate the solid surface. Also avoid scraping your granite vanity top or granite countertops, as this too could cause damage.
Care for Quartz Countertops:
Quartz countertops and quartz vanity tops appear natural but are actually a mix of quartz stone and synthetic polymer. Cleaning and caring for engineered quartz countertops is easy for this reason, as the stone does not need polishing.
Clean your quartz kitchen countertops regularly with a warm, wet soft towel. Use a mild detergent or mild dish soap to clean your quartz bathroom and kitchen counters. If there are any spills or sticky residue, clean as soon as they happen to help avoid staining.
For harder and dried on spills, clean your quartz stone countertop with a glass or surface cleaner. If you need to scrape dried on messes away, use plastic utensils only.
Never use bleach or harsh acidic cleaners on quartz countertops and avoid using abrasive materials when cleaning. Never use hydrofluoric acid on your countertops, as it attacks the minerals in the stone and can harm your countertop. Do not leave hot pots or pans directly on your quartz kitchen countertop. You should always use a hot pad or trivet when setting anything thatâ€™s extremely hot on the surface of your stone countertop.
Care for Soapstone Countertops:
Soapstone countertops are highly durable and are hard to etch or scratch. This nonporous surface is hard to stain and has a high tolerance for heat also. To care for your soapstone countertop, please avoid heavily dropping objects on the surface since these countertops are more likely to dent than get scratches or chips. Also, use paper towel to regularly clear off any spills so that the stone keeps its sleek appearance.
Oil your soapstone counters to give them a different appearance than normal. Some customers enjoy the natural, not oiled appearance of the counters while others like to oil them on a regular basis. Oil your countertops as often as you feel, as this is your personal preference in the stones appearance and does not need to be done often.
To oil the countertop, pour mineral oil on the countertop and use dry towels or rags to rub the oil into the surface. Let the oil sit on the soapstone surface for thirty minutes and then use another dry and clean rag to clean any excess oil.
Not applying mineral oil to your soapstone countertop will result in the surface showing dark spots in certain areas over time. This is more noticeable on dark or black soapstone countertops. However, this can be easily fixed by oiling the surface if you wish to remove the dark spots.
It is advised to not use highly acidic cleaners for soapstone countertops. Deep scratches or nicks that occur over the life of your countertop should be repaired by a professional.
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