Natural stone is a popular choice for kitchen and bathroom countertops alike—and that’s because it’s beautiful, it’s durable, and it’s timeless. But in order to keep your stone countertops looking as good as the day you had them installed, you have to know how to properly take care of them.
While a good deal of natural stone countertops don’t require an exorbitant amount of maintenance, they do take a certain degree of care and upkeep. This article will provide you with five tips on how to care for your stone countertops—whether it’s keeping them looking good on a daily basis or removing tough stains, Marble Granite World has got you covered.
1. Use the Right Cleaner
If you want your natural stone’s surface to always look good, they need consistent attention. In order to help them look their best, it’s important that you use the right cleaner.
There are many cleaners available that are suitable for all types of natural stone, but the truth is that soap and water work just as well. Whether you choose the simple route or the one that’s a bit fancier, just remember to steer clear of cleaners with bleach, vinegar, ammonia, or citrus in them because these components will harm the surface of your countertop.
Once you’ve secured your cleaner of choice, all you’ve got to do is wipe down the counter. It’s as simple as that.
We recommend that you keep a regular cleaning schedule with your countertops—nothing too time consuming, just a few seconds each day to help your countertop look its very best.
2. Clean Up Spills Right Away
Even if your natural stone countertop is sealed, it’s still important to clean up spills as soon as they happen. Even if you find yourself getting distracted and tempted to leave it for another time, remember that if a stain is left on the countertop for too long, it can cause damage.
When you clean up a spill, make sure that you’re using a soft rag or cloth and not a rough cleaning tool like a sponge. This will help keep the sealant intact.
3. Exercise Caution
Although natural stone countertops are known for being durable, we still recommend exercising some caution. For example, you can be cautious around your countertop by using coasters instead of setting your glass directly on its surface.
Another way to exercise caution is by using hot pads and trivets when handling hot cookware because, while many natural stones are heat resistant, they are not indestructible. And even if the surface is okay after one time, there’s no guarantee that no ill effects will show from the second or third time a hot pan is set on it.
4. Seal Your Countertop
Since natural stone countertops are made from a naturally porous material, they need to be sealed in order to prevent damages from liquids and stains. It may sound inconvenient, but the act of sealing is not a big deal—it’s actually simple and quick, and you don’t have to do it as often as you think. (How often depends on the type of countertop you have. Ask our experts for sealant advice that’s unique to you.)
There are a few easy ways to tell if your countertop needs to be resealed. Pour a tiny bit of water onto its surface and wait ten minutes—if the water beads, then your sealant is still good to go. If the water is absorbed by the countertop, then it’s time to reseal.
5. Know How to Remove Stains Effectively
Since kitchens and bathrooms are arguably the busiest places in a home, they’re bound to collect stains over time. Your home isn’t a showroom—it’s a place that’s lived in. There should be no shame around stains, especially not when you know how to remove them.
The two types of common stains are water-based stains and oil-based stains. Here’s our advice on both:
- Oil-based: Some of the most common stains include grease and milk.
- Make a paste out of baking soda and water.
- Apply the paste to the stain.
- Cover with plastic wrap.
- Let sit for several hours, poking holes into the plastic wrap.
- After it has sat for a while, remove the plastic wrap and the paste.
- Water-based: These include substances like juice, coffee, or wine.
- Combine baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.
- Follow the above steps for removing oil-based stains.
Taking Care of Your Stone
Natural stone countertops have been a top choice for many years because of their style and durability. By following these steps, you can make sure that yours stay looking their best and will last in your home for years. To learn more about natural stone maintenance, give Marble Granite World a call at (336) 992-5214.