Posted by sbmtx on Feb 2nd 2023
Caring for Your Stone Countertops
Granite and quartz countertops are a beautiful investment for your kitchen. Caring for stone countertops properly, however, is important to ensure their beauty and longevity. Fortunately, maintenance is easy, as long as you know what to do.
Caring for Granite Countertops
Before you begin with maintaining your granite countertops, make sure that they're properly sealed. Granite is porous, so sealing will protect your counters and keep bacteria from growing.
Cleaning Granite Countertops
For daily cleaning, use a clean rag with warm water and oil-free dish soap to wipe down countertops. Once a week, give your countertops a more thorough cleaning with granite cleaner. Importantly, avoid polish, bleach, ammonia, or any abrasive cleaners and materials.
Maintaining Your Granite Countertops
Regular care and maintenance of your counters is as important as cleaning. To ensure the beauty and longevity of your granite countertops, remember to,
- Avoid placing hot pots and pans on your counters
- Do not walk on your countertops
- Use a cutting board when cutting foods
- Don't leave fruit or vegetables on the counter
Caring for Quartz Countertops
Unlike granite, quartz is non-porous and doesn't require sealing. Moreover, you should avoid applying a sealer at all, as it can react to the resins used in the production of quartz counters.
Cleaning Quartz Countertops
Daily cleaning of quartz countertops is easy: use dish soap and warm water with a clean rag. You can use a paper towel to wipe away water and soap residue. For weekly cleaning, use a quartz cleaner. As with granite, avoid using any abrasive cleaners or items on your quartz countertops.
Maintaining Your Quartz Countertops
Care and proper use of your quartz countertops will ensure they last for years and maintain their beauty. To keep your quartz countertops lustrous, remember to,
- Avoid putting hot pots and pans on quartz countertops
- Place hot appliances on a cutting board to avoid damaging the quartz
- Clean spills right away
- Don't slide heavy objects on your countertops
- Use quartz-friendly cleaners to remove stains
- Never use harsh cleaners or bleach
Remember, with proper care and cleaning, your stone countertops will remain beautiful for years to come. Protect your investment and you’ll always love your quartz or granite countertops.
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