Stone countertops aren't the same as other types of counters. They need to be cared for differently than counters such as laminate or butcher board. Stone is a natural counter material and can be long-lasting and beautiful for quite some time, and can also add value to your home, but if you don't care for them properly, they could end up looking like a mess. Read on for tips to care for your stone countertops.
Use Proper Cleansers
Stone can be wiped down with a damp cloth for daily cleaning, but it should be cleaned with a cleanser that is safe for stone. Depending on the type of stone you have, whether granite, marble, etc., you should use the cleanser that is made for your type of stone. Read the label on your cleaner before you use it on your stone counters. Even if it says it is safe, you should use it in a small inconspicuous area first to be sure it doesn't mar the surface of your counters. Wipe your counters down daily with a damp cloth, but deep clean and sanitize with the stone-safe cleaner.
Avoid Hot Pans/Pots
Stone is a durable surface, but hot pots and pans are not safe for your stone. Be sure to always use a trivet below the pots and pans and never place anything directly on your stone to prevent burn or scorch marks, or discoloration of any kind.
Clean Up Spills Immediately
If you spill anything on your stone, you need to clean it up immediately. Things such as juice, wine, coffee, or soda can all stain your stone, but water can also stain it as well. Water spots should be wiped up immediately and not left to dry on it. If your stone hasn't been sealed in a while, it can absorb the moisture from the water or the spill and discolor the stone. Wipe up the spills immediately after you notice it.
Seal Your Stone
Seal your stone at least once per year to prevent damage to the stone and to help repel moisture from being absorbed into the stone and causing stains. You can find sealer for your stone at your local hardware store, or at your stone countertop dealer. Be sure to follow the directions on the sealer to ensure it is done properly, or hire a professional to help you with this task.
Stone is a beautiful and natural material for your countertops. Keep it looking like new and in good shape by using the tips above. Talk to your stone countertop dealer about other tips to care for your stone. Companies like Artisan Granite & Marble can help.