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Maintenance Cleaning

It is important to understand that if not properly cared for all natural stone products are subject to damage if not cared for properly. For normal housekeeping, clean using clear warm water or a pH neutral stone cleaner on a regular basis to remove residue from everyday spills such as food, hairspray, or cosmetics. No other soaps, detergents, or cleaners should be used on natural stone. Be careful with common foods and drinks that contain acids that may etch or dull the stone’s surface. Some common toiletries (i.e. perfume, toothpaste, mouthwash) may contain acids and other ingredients that may damage the stone surface or degrade the sealer if not cleaned timely. A releasant can be purchased and applied once a year.

Everyday Care

Sealing

A general rule of thumb for most stones is to use mild soap and water for everyday cleaning.

Your countertops are purchased sealed. The purpose of a sealer is to repel dirt and liquid while increasing stain resistance. It penetrates into the stone, thereby reducing absorption, keeping dirt and staining agents on the stone surface. Be aware that sealing will not eliminate staining. Any spills should be wiped off immediately to prevent stains from settling into the stone. Sealers should be reapplied periodically; we recommend at least once a year. Apply sealers that are made only for natural stone.

Do’s & Don’ts of Natural Stone Countertops

Do

Clean surfaces regularly with cleaners designed for stone. Special stone cleaners will increase the life of your stone.

 

Dust countertops, islands, vanities and floors frequently.

Dust can build up and damage the finish of your stone.

 

Use trivets or mats under hot dishes or cookware.

Some surfaces can crack if exposed to extreme temperatures.

Don't

Use vinegar, bleach, ammonia or tub and tile cleaners.

They can etch and damage your stone.

 

Use abrasive cleaners such as powders.

These can dull the polish of your countertops.

 

Stand or sit on stone countertops. Small fissures in the stone may cause cracks if subjected to excessive weight.