How to Care For Stone Countertops
Have you taken that step of buying stone countertops? If you have, you hopefully were able to use some information in a previous post on Selecting Stone Counter Tops. One question that many people have once they own a new material for the first time relates to the material’s use and care. They may ask, “How do I take care of this countertop”? If you have recently installed new stone countertops, you will want to be sure you follow a few simple guidelines. These tips also apply if you are getting a new stone surface.
Follow Manufacturer Guidelines
Each material will have specific guidelines or instructions that offer information on the everyday care of the stone. There will most likely also be some tips or instruction for maintaining the appearance of your new countertop. These instructions will include information about what to clean the stone with and how to keep it looking its best. Following these instructions is the first step in caring for stone.
Following the instructions provided from the manufacturer or installer can mean the difference between a stone countertop that you are happy with for years and one that you grow tired of because of disappointment. So be interested in the instructions that are provided with your new stone.
Protect Your Stone With Sealer As Necessary
Many natural stone countertops need to be sealed so that they will resist absorbing harmful liquids or substances. Some substances can stain the stone; leaving your beautiful counter with an unsightly blemish. Sealing your countertop adds a protective barrier to the material. This barrier gives you additional time to get potentially harmful spills cleaned up before they get into the stone causing staining. Sealing stone as needed is important as you care for stone countertops.
Use Proper Cleaning Supplies
Each stone is different but many of them have similarities when it comes to choosing an appropriate cleaner. For example, stones like marble, limestone and onyx may require a specific type of cleaner that is not acidic. The manufacturer’s instructions will likely include the guidelines for approved cleaners. Cleaning product websites like this one also offer good information about this. That same site also has information about other stone materials like quartz and how to clean it.
Additionally, make sure you use a soft cloth when applying or wiping off the cleaning agents from your stone countertop surface. Abrasive materials used to wipe or clean your stone can cause scratches to the surface that can leave your stone looking hazy or dull if you have a polished finish.
So there you have three simple steps to taking care of your stone countertops.
- Follow the instructions given by the manufacturer or installer.
- Use an approved sealer to protect your stone if it needs it.
- Choose cleaners that are made for your stone and do not use abrasive cloths to clean it.
Following these simple steps as you care for stone countertops will help you enjoy your surfaces. And you will get the longest life from them and be safeguarding their value for many years.