The natural stone or quartz you have purchased for your home or office is an investment that will give you many years of beautiful service. Simple care and maintenance will keep it looking beautiful for decades. Here are some recommendations for routine care and cleaning:
- Most granites do not need to be sealed, however, it never hurts to seal your countertops just to be safe. All marble and travertine must be sealed at least twice a year depending on the stone. Man-made quartz products never need to be sealed. You can buy natural stone sealers and cleaners at most big box home improvement stores.
- Clean stone surfaces with a few drops of neutral cleaner, stone cleaner, or a mild liquid dishwashing detergent and warm water.
- Glass cleaner works well, but avoid glass cleaners that contain ammonia, such as regular Windex®. Ammonia will remove any sealer that has been applied. A good one to use is Glass Plus®. Most ammonia-free glass cleaners will state as such on the label.
- Too much cleaner or soap may leave a film and cause streaks. If this happens, clean up excess soapy film with clear, warm water and a clean sponge or rag.
- Do not use products that contain lemon, orange, citrus, vinegar or other acids on the countertop. The high acid content can dull the finish.
- Do not use abrasive scouring powders or liquids; these products contain abrasive chemicals or ammonia that may damage the surface. Do not hesitate to apply the necessary hand-pressure needed to rub out any marks. Adhered materials like food, gum, nail polish, or dried paint can be scraped away carefully with a razor blade. Thoroughly rinse the surface with clean water to remove residue.
- Avoid contact with harsh chemicals such as bleach, paint strippers, oven cleaners or drain cleaners (Draino®, Liquid Plumber®, etc.).
- In the bath or other wet areas, soap scum can be minimized by using a squeegee after each use. To remove soap scum, use a non-acidic soap scum remover.
- Do dust surfaces frequently.
- Do clean surfaces with mild detergent or stone cleaner.
- Do thoroughly rinse and dry the surface after washing.
- Do blot up spills immediately.
- Don't use vinegar, lemon juice or other cleaners containing acids.
- Don't use cleaners that contain ammonia such as bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners or tub & tile cleaners.
- Don't use abrasive cleaners such as dry powdered Comet®, Ajax®, etc or scotch pads.
- Don't use bleach or cleaners that contain bleach.