Installing new countertops in your home kitchen is the ultimate gift that keeps on giving. However, with great beauty comes great responsibility. When you decided to install natural stone countertops, you made an investment; so, we here at Capitol Granite want to make sure you know how to keep them in top-notch shape.
Although natural stone countertops are extremely durable, they are not indestructible. Natural stone countertops require careful cleaning to remain in good condition. The goal is to keep your countertops looking as they did the day they were installed. That’s why we have created a list of the major natural stone cleaning mistakes to avoid, so your natural stone lives a long and sparkling clean life.
Natural Stone Cleaning Dont’s
Vinegar or Bleach
Harsh or acidic substances are not suited for cleaning natural stone. They literally eat through the surface of your stone, etching or burning into your countertop. Even if you don’t physically see any damage, any acidic cleaning solution will breakdown your stone’s sealant. This will make your stone more susceptible to stains.
Coarse Brushes & Sponges
Never attempt to remove stains and etching with a coarse sponge or brush. This will only cause further damage to your natural stone, not buff it out. Using an abrasive material will do one thing–scratch your natural stone.
General stone maintenance is always imperative to sustain clean, protected, and polished countertops. It is recommended to reseal your natural stone once every three to five years. You can purchase a solvent-based sealer and try to seal your stone DIY; however, professional sealing is suggested. Remember this is your first line of defense against stains and etching–you want it done right and well.
For professional stone services, contact Capitol Granite at (804) 265-4751. We are here 24/7 for all of your natural stone countertop questions!