NATURAL STONE CARE                                  

1. Use mild soaps.

You can use any mild organic soap free of phosphate , warm water and a soft cloth to clean natural stone. A good rule of thumb is anything you would use on your hands, e.g. (hand soap, dish soap) you can use to clean your countertops.

2. Avoid acids.

Acids are the worst enemy of natural stone, especially softer ones such as limestone and marble, so you should avoid acid based, bleach based or abrasive cleaning chemicals when cleaning your natural stone countertops. Do not use glass cleaners of any type, multi-surface cleaners with bleach, or powdered cleaners.  There are safe, effective, natural stone-specific cleaners available.  *See Cleaners under the Products tab.

3. Remove oils.

Granite is generally stain-resistant and with proper sealing, will be less likely to absorb oils.  It is still highly recommended to clean up any kind of oil from the surface as soon as possible with soap and warm water.

4. Use a soft cloth.

Properly sealed natural stone will not absorb liquids, so a soft cloth should be enough to remove any liquids on the surface. Do not use a scouring pad or steel wool, as this may scratch some stones.

5. Use heat mats or trivets.

While natural stone countertops will not melt under extreme temperatures, some natural stone may crack due to sudden temperature shock.  Use a protective barrier such as a trivet or heat mat.

6. Remove dried spills and lime build up.

If you missed a spot, or your water is hard, you may end up with hard gunk that a soft cloth cannot handle. Gently use a straight-edged razor blade to scrape off the offending material. Do not use ammonia or lime remover; some cleaners may remove the seal of your countertop.

7. Treat it with respect.

Your countertop may be tough, but if you handle it too roughly, you could chip or crack it. The most likely scenario is banging a heavy metal pot against the edge of the countertop, which is the most vulnerable to chipping. Look where you’re going, and avoid banging down heavy pots on the surface, especially near the edge. If you do manage to break off a piece, don’t throw it away. It may be possible to put it back on with epoxy.

8. Seal it.

Our products are sealed prior to installation. It seals in fissures and indentations, making the natural stone more resistant to oil and water stains as well as other kinds of dirt. Granite, in particular, is naturally resistant even without a seal, but its potential to last a lifetime is enhanced by the use of the right sealer.  * The best way to avoid staining is to wipe up any spills immediately.

9. Be careful.

Surprisingly, some ceramic objects can damage your granite. This is because granite is made of quartz, so ceramic vases, pizza stones, or anything that has silica sand or quartz can scratch your granite. It is a given that anything with a diamond will also leave marks on your countertop, so keep your diamond jewelry on your person where it can’t do any harm. If you want to put your charming ceramic cookie jar on display on your granite countertop, or use your marble cutting board, put a protective mat under it.

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