How do I clean my natural stone countertops?
For every day cleaning, we recommend a solution of a small amount of Dawn dish detergent and water in a spray bottle. You can also use a store bought cleaner that is ph balanced specifically for use on natural stone. There are also several disinfectant cleaners on the market formulated for use on natural stone.
Are my countertops sealed and how often do I need to seal them?
Most importantly, your countertops have been sealed 1-2 times prior to completing your project. However, some stone may require additional applications down the road. Each type of stone differs in its porosity and how often it needs to be resealed (length of time will also vary depending upon the cleaners you use on your countertops). If your counters darken when they get wet, you know that it is time to reseal your counters. Resealing is a fairly simple wipe-on, wipe-off process and nothing to be concerned about.
If natural stone is so “indestructible”, why can’t I use regular cleaners?
In the case of granite ( a stone made from silica), standard cleaners will not harm the stone. However, it will break down the formulation of the sealer that has been applied to your countertops. As for marble (a stone made from calcite) can easily be etched by many of the chemicals that are in standard cleaners.
Do I need to use polish on my countertops?
No. Your countertops have been mechanically polished using diamond abrasives and water. The polish will not wear off. You can use polish if you want an extra sparkle in your counters, but it is not necessary. I only apply polish on my counters in my home before parties.
Can I set a hot pan on my countertop?
It is best to use trivets. The heat created from your stove or your cooktop can not hurt the stone. However, a sudden thermal change from cool to hot could cause an air pocket within the stone to expand and “pop” out a piece of quartz.
Is granite scratch proof?
No. However, it is scratch resistant. In order to scratch any object, the item causing the scratch must be harder than the item being scratched. Since only a few things are harder than granite (quartz, silica and diamond), it is difficult to scratch. But remember, the un-glazed ceramics on the bottom of many kitchen items are full of silica.
Do's & Dont's
Do clean surfaces with mild detergent or stone soap
Do thoroughly rinse and dry the surface after washing
Do blot up spills immediately
Do protect countertop surfaces with coasters, trivets or placemats
Don't use vinegar, lemon juice or other cleaners containing acids on granite, marble, limestone, travertine or onyx surfaces
Don't use cleaners that contain acid such as bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners or tub & tile cleaners
Don't use abrasive cleaners such as dry cleansers or soft cleansers
Don't mix bleach and ammonia; this combination creates a toxic and lethal gas
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