Tags: care, cleaning, granite, marble, countertops, granite table
Granite, Marble and other natural stone surfaces are desirable because they are hard and fairly easy to maintain. The care of natural stone surfaces is relatively easy if you follow a few simple rules.
- Always use coasters or other protection under glassware.
- The use of trivets or other pad will help protect the stone surface even though it may be able to withstand high temperatures.
- Keep surfaces clean. Salt, sugar, dust and sand can be very abrasive.
- Spills should be cleaned immediately. Blotting the spill will keep it from spreading. Be particularly careful of citrus juices and alcohol beverages.
- DO NOT use any cleansers that contain abrasives. (Softscrub, Comet, windex etc.)
Cleaning the stone surface is relatively easy
Combine clean warm water and a few drops of dishwashing liquid in a bowl or bucket. Using a sponge, dip it into the soapy water and wipe across the surface of the stone. Rinse the sponge in hot clean water, wring most of the water our and re-wipe the area to remove any soap residue. Dry the surface with a clean dry soft towel.
Should you encounter a stain on your natural stone surface, some further maintenance will be required. A poultice can be used to try and absorb the stain. Consult Classic Marble and Granite, Inc. for further instructions.
Sealing your stone surface is an additional step in protecting it from stains, it will not make it stain-proof but will help it to resist staining. When choosing a sealer ask a professional which is best for you use. Sealers used in food preparation areas need to be non-toxic to ensure safety.