Maintaining the Beauty of Your Stone Countertops: Tips for Cleaning and Sealing
At Arlington Marble, we understand that your stone countertops are not just functional surfaces; they are an investment in the aesthetic appeal and value of your home. To ensure that your granite, marble, quartzite, porcelain, and quartz countertops maintain their timeless beauty, it’s crucial to implement proper cleaning and sealing practices. We provide our customers with valuable insights from the Natural Stone Institute’s guide on the Care and Cleaning of Natural Stone Countertops, and we are here to share some essential tips with you.
Understanding Stone Finishes:
Stone countertops come in various finishes, each with its own characteristics. Whether it’s a polished, honed, flamed, or brushed/leathered finish, understanding the unique qualities of your stone surface is the first step in proper maintenance.
Lippage and Stone Maintenance:
Lippage, where one edge of a stone is higher than adjacent edges, can give your countertop an uneven appearance. Regular maintenance, including scheduled cleaning and inspections, helps keep the stone in optimal condition. It’s essential to address lippage and other issues promptly to prevent further damage.
Poultice and Refinishing:
In cases of stains, the use of a poultice—a stain-removing paste—is recommended. This method, along with refinishing for dull surfaces, ensures that your countertops regain their original luster. For neglected surfaces, renovation may be necessary, while restoration involves large-scale actions to bring the stone back to its original or acceptable condition.
For both siliceous and calcareous stones, such as granite and marble, follow these general guidelines:
• Use coasters under all glasses, especially those with alcohol or citrus juices.
• Avoid placing hot items directly on the stone surface; use trivets or mats.
• For marble (calcareous stones), be cautious of common foods and drinks containing acids, as they can etch or dull the surface.
Cleaning Do’s and Don’ts:
Here are some recommended practices for cleaning and maintaining your stone countertops:
• Do dust mop floors frequently.
• Do clean surfaces with a mild detergent or stone soap.
• Do thoroughly rinse and dry the surface with clean, clear water after washing.
• Do blot up spills immediately.
• Do protect surfaces with non-slip mats or area rugs, and countertops with coasters, trivets, or placemats.
• Don’t use vinegar, lemon juice, or other acid-containing cleaners on certain surfaces.
• Don’t use abrasive cleaners or mix bleach and ammonia.
• Don’t use worn vacuum cleaners that may scratch the stone’s surface.
By following these guidelines, you can ensure that your stone countertops remain not only functional but also a beautiful focal point in your home. At Arlington Marble, we are committed to providing not just exquisite stone products but also the knowledge to help you care for and preserve their elegance. Feel free to reach out for more personalized advice or visit our countertop showroom in Fort Worth to explore the extensive range of slab colors and materials available for your next project. Your countertops deserve the best care, and with these tips, you can enjoy their beauty for years to come.