Let’s start with what NOT to use to clean your stone countertops:
DO NOT use products containing LEMON, VINEGAR, or other acids that may dull or etch the stone.
DO NOT use SCOURING POWDERS or ABRASIVE CREAMS/GEL that may scratch some stone.
Use neutral cleaner made for natural stone or a mild liquid dishwashing detergent and warm water.
Rinse thoroughly after washing, and dry with a soft cloth.
To remove crusty, dried-on spills, allow water to sit on the spot until it softens & just wipe away. This may take several minutes.
Removing Soap Scum
Use a non-acidic soap scum remover (such as Simple Green Lime Scale Remover)
Use a razor scraper to lightly and carefully scrape the soap scum off of the surface. Keep the razor flat and use caution not to gouge the corners into the stone.
Once the soap scum is scraped off, wash the entire area and scrub with a scrub brush or old toothbrush.
Rinse thoroughly and dry with a soft cloth
Surface stains can often be removed by cleaning with an appropriate cleaning product or household chemical (such as acetone, 12% hydrogen peroxide, or denatured alcohol).
If these products do not remove the stain, call us for an appointment to assess & remove the stain.
Sealing & Re-sealing
As a precaution against staining, we seal most countertops with an impregnating sealer. Sealing does not make the countertops impenetrable to staining, rather it makes them more stain resistant. Impregnating sealers reduce the rate of absorption, allowing far more time to clean a spill. If neglected for an extended period, a spill could potentially penetrate & stain the stone. Always wipe up spills as quickly as possible.
Some stones (mostly polished dark colors – black & green) are very dense and do not easily stain. These colors will require sealing less often. Lighter colors are usually more porous and will require sealing more frequently.
Try the Water Test to determine if it’s time to re-seal:
Drip some water on your countertop.
If the puddle darkens quickly, then sealing is required.
If the puddle takes several minutes to darken, you may want to apply 1 or more coats of sealer.
To Re-Seal Stone
Purchase a penetrating or impregnating sealer (such as Miracle 511 Impregnator Sealer), which can be purchased from a home improvement store or local hardware store.
Remove all items from tops & clean tops following steps for daily cleaning.
Allow 15 – 30 minutes for tops to completely dry.
Follow manufacturer’s directions for application (may require spray-on or wipe on application).
Depending on the absorbency of your stone, multiple applications may be required.
Allow to completely dry between applications.
Stone is sealed when the product beads-up on top and no longer absorbs into the stone.
Wipe off the remaining product, allow stone to dry completely, and clean following steps for daily cleaning
Natural Stone Polish (such as Hope’s Perfect Granite or Granite Gold Polish) can be used periodically to enhance the appearance of the stone’s polished finish. Polish should only be used on a weekly or monthly basis to avoid build-up & residue. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s directions for applying the product.
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