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Countertop Maintenance & Care

General Maintenance of Stone Countertops

Maintaining the beauty and longevity of stone countertops involves routine care and preventive measures. Regular maintenance not only preserves the aesthetic appeal of your countertops but also extends their lifespan. At Legendary Stone, we want to help our Independence and Kansas City area customers keep their countertops looking pristine. Here are some tips to help:

 

  • Daily Cleaning: Wipe the surface daily with a soft cloth or sponge and a mild detergent. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners that can damage the stone.
  • Spill Management: Clean spills immediately to prevent staining, especially for acidic substances like wine, coffee, and citrus juices.
  • Protection from Heat: Use trivets or mats under hot dishes and cookware to prevent thermal shock and potential cracking of the stone.
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Cleaning Stone Countertops

Proper cleaning is crucial to maintaining the integrity and appearance of stone countertops. Here’s how to effectively clean different types of stone surfaces:

  • Granite and Marble: Use a pH-neutral cleaner specifically designed for stone to avoid damaging the surface. You can also use a mild detergent solution, but make sure to rinse it thoroughly to prevent residue buildup.
  • Quartz: This material is less porous and easier to maintain. Clean with a mild detergent or a dedicated quartz cleaner to keep the surface sparkling.
  • Soapstone and Limestone: These softer stones require gentle care. Use a mild detergent and avoid acidic cleaners that can etch the surface.

Choosing the Right Cleaning Products

Selecting the appropriate cleaning products is vital for the care of stone countertops. Here are some recommended products:

  • Pristine Clean: Ideal for quartz, granite, marble, and porcelain, this cleaner leaves no streaks or residues and is biodegradable, making it an excellent choice for routine cleaning.
  • Stone Care International Cleaners: These pH-neutral cleaners are perfect for daily cleaning of granite, marble, and quartz, ensuring that the stone’s finish remains unharmed. Products are available at Home Depot, or you can purchase them online.

Tips for Sealing Stone Countertops

Sealing is a preventive measure to protect porous stone surfaces like granite and marble from staining. Here’s how to effectively seal your stone countertops:

  • Frequency of Sealing: Depending on the porosity of the stone, sealing should be done annually or bi-annually. Consult with a professional to determine the right frequency for your specific countertop material.
  • Choosing a Sealer: Use a sealer appropriate for the type of stone. Sealers vary in their chemical composition and the level of protection they offer.
  • Application Process: Ensure the countertop is thoroughly cleaned and dry before applying the sealer. Apply the sealer evenly using a soft cloth or brush, allow it to penetrate the stone for the recommended time, and then wipe off any excess.

Sealing Tips

  • Test the Sealant: Before starting the sealing process, test the sealant on a small, inconspicuous area to ensure it does not discolor or damage the stone.
  • Proper Ventilation: Always seal in a well-ventilated area to avoid inhaling fumes from the sealant.
  • Cure Time: Allow adequate time for the sealant to cure completely before using the countertop. This usually takes about 24 to 48 hours.
  • Use Two Cloths: Use one cloth to apply and a second to buff and dry.

By following these guidelines, you can ensure that your stone countertops remain beautiful and functional for years to come. Regular maintenance, proper cleaning, and periodic sealing are key to the longevity of your investment in stone countertops. 

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