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One of the best ways to achieve that high-end look in your kitchen, bath or other multi-purpose rooms is by installing stone countertops. These countertops are not only attractive but are also known for their durability. However, this doesn’t mean that they do not require proper care and maintenance.
Whether you choose quartz countertops or marble granite countertops, you’ll need to care for them properly to ensure their longevity. While the level of care will vary with the type of countertop you have installed, you should follow the guidelines below as a minimum for the care of your stone countertops.
1. Protect the countertop surface
Most natural stone countertops are porous. This means that they will absorb any liquids that are poured on them including spills from foods that can result in staining. Stains on stone countertops can cause permanent damage. It is therefore advisable to seal stone countertops in order to protect them and make them last longer.
You can test your countertops to see if they require sealing by pouring some water on the countertop surface. Let the water sit for a few minutes. If there is a dark spot where the water was, it is a result of being absorbed by the stone. Your countertop will need to be sealed.
2. Avoid abrasive or acidic cleaners
It’s important to use stone friendly products to clean the stone countertop. You should avoid products that are abrasive or acidic. These can cause the stone to wear away.
Simply use dish soap and water to clean the surface of the countertop. Glass cleaner may also be used for cleaning stone countertops. Avoid using a scrubbing brush on the countertop. Use a soft cloth instead.
3. Don’t let stains sit
Have you spilled some food on the countertop? Be sure to clean the spill as soon as possible. Don’t let substances that can result in a stain on your countertop sit for long. Treat or clean the stain as soon as possible. Requirements for treating stains vary depending on the type of stone countertop being cleaned and the type of stain being dealt with.
4. Treat the countertop with care
Stone countertops are strong and durable. However, this doesn’t mean that they can’t break or be damaged.
Treat your stone countertops with the utmost care. Avoid dropping heavy or hard objects on them and do not chop or slice food directly on the countertop.
Take good care of your stone countertop and you’ll get more out of it. Use the tips above for better care of your countertops.