GRANITE COUNTERTOP CARE

Low maintenance, impressive show and longevity – you get it all with granite as compared to any other stone. Granite countertops require special care so that it can continue looking beautiful for many years. Although granite is quite resistant to scratches, to properly maintain this type of countertop material, it's advisable to follow some simple Do's and Don'ts.

KITCHEN COUNTERTOPS AND VANITY TOPS

DO

  • Seal your granite as needed.

    Use a top quality stone penetrating sealer specified for natural stone. Be sure to reseal when water fails to puddle when splashed on surface. In many cases, granite only needs to be professionally resealed every few years.
  • Blot up spills immediately.

    Do not wipe spills this will just spread the spill. Foods or beverages containing acidic substances like wine, coffee, fruit juices, tomato sauce, and sodas should be wiped up right away.
  • Clean surfaces using a sponge or soft cloth.

    The only cleaning products you should use on a regular basis are hot water and a specially formulated stone cleaner/sealer. Using mild soap occasionally for cleaning granite won't harm the stone, but consistent use will dull surface.
  • Use coasters under all glasses, bottles, and cans.

    Bottles, cans, and glasses that contain acidic drinks may etch the polish or damage the surface.



DON'T

  • Never use non-stone-safe cleaning products. Avoid harsh cleaning products.

    Cleaning granite with products bought at your local store that contain acids, alkalis, and other chemicals can etch or damage countertop surface or degrade the sealant leaving the stone more vulnerable. Always use product specifically designed for natural stone care.
  • Never use vinegar, ammonia, lemon, or orange.

    A sponge with hot water is all you need on a routine basis and stone cleaner/sealer weekly or as needed.
  • Never use bathroom, tub, and tile or grout cleaner.

    The powders and even the \"soft\" creams contain abrasives that will scratch and dull surfaces.
  • Never sit or stand on your countertops.

    Unlike laminate countertops, granite countertops are not flexible and they DO NOT have plywood backing, so too much weight in one spot could cause a crack.
  • Avoid contact of toiletry products directly on your countertop surface.

    Hair products, toothpaste, perfumes, colognes, nail products, creams, and lotions may stain or damage the surface or etch the polish leaving a ring.

(Sited from Good Housekeeping and Marble Institute of America)



MARBLE AND TRAVERTINE COUNTERTOP CARE
Marble and Travertine are tolerant of hot surfaces. It is gorgeous material that automatically updates the look of any room. But, these stones are softer and more porous than granite. This makes them susceptible to scratches, pitting, cracks, stains, and even dulling of the shine. It may take a little more maintenance and upkeep to keep these countertops looking nice. Follow our basic Do's and Don'ts to preserve their life.

VANITY TOPS

DO

  • Seal your marble or travertine as needed.

    Use a top quality penetrating sealer specified for natural stone. Be sure to reseal when water fails to puddle when splashed on surface. In many cases, marble and travertine only need to be professionally resealed every few years.
  • Blot up spills immediately.

    These stones are much more sensitive than granite to acidic substances like wine, coffee, fruit juices, tomato sauce, sodas, toiletry products, and cleaning products.
  • Clean surfaces using a sponge or soft cloth.

    The only cleaning products you should use on a regular basis are hot water and a specially formulated stone cleaner/sealer. Using mild soap occasionally for cleaning these stones won't harm them, but consistent use will dull surface.
  • Use coasters under all glasses, bottles, and cans.

    Bottles, cans, and glasses that contain acidic drinks may etch the polish or damage the surface.



DON'T

  • Never use generic, store-bought cleaning products. Avoid harsh cleaning products.

    Cleaning these stones with products bought at your local store that contain acids, alkalis, and other chemicals can etch or damage countertop surface or degrade the sealant leaving the stone more vulnerable. Always use product specifically designed for natural stone care.
  • Never use vinegar, ammonia, lemon, or orange.

    A sponge with hot water is all you need on a daily basis and stone cleaner/sealer weekly or as needed.
  • Never use bathroom, tub, and tile or grout cleaner.

    The powders and even the \"soft\" creams contain abrasives that will scratch and dull surfaces.
  • Never sit or stand on your countertops.

    Unlike laminate countertops, stone countertops are not flexible and they DO NOT have plywood backing, so too much weight in one spot could cause a crack.
  • Avoid contact of toiletry products directly on your countertop surface.

    Hair products, toothpaste, perfumes, colognes, nail products, creams and lotions may stain or damage the surface or etch the polish leaving a ring.

(Sited from Good Housekeeping and Marble Institute of America)

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