How do I care for my new countertops?

*GMT Stoneworks installation using 3cm Crema Bordeaux

 

Natural stone materials seem like a great investment, but isn’t it complicated to maintain them?

It’s not as difficult as you might think. Just follow a few simple, common sense rules and your granite or marble countertops will provide decades of beauty and value.

  • Use mild soap and warm water to clean the surface, rinse with clean water and dry with a soft cloth. Remember, using too much soap or cleanser can leave films, streaks or spots.
  • Change the rinse water frequently.
  • Dust surfaces frequently with a clean, soft cloth.
  • Don’t use cleaners that contain acid such as bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners or tub & tile cleaners.
  • Don’t use abrasive cleaners such as dry cleansers or soft cleansers.
  • Clean up spills immediately to prevent staining and etching.
    • The following items can possibly damage stone surfaces, so it is especially important to clean them as soon as possible: Soda, juices, alcoholic beverages, ketchup, mustard, vinegar, rock salt, sand, shaving cream, perfume/cologne, polish remover, dish washing soap, hair perm chemicals, shampoos and body soaps that contain EDTA, toothpaste, drain cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners, household cleaning products and any fluid that contains an acid or alkali.
  • Do not use scouring powders or creams; these products contain abrasives that may scratch the surface on soft stone surfaces.
  • Do not use products that contain lemon, vinegar or other acids on your stone countertops; their high acid content may etch the surface.
  • Always make sure your natural stone countertops are sealed once a year to help maintain the beautiful look of your granite.
  • Always use clean mops, sponges, towels or rags, and replace old mops, sponges, towels and rags as they age.
  • Important safety tip. Never mix bleach and ammonia; this combination creates a lethal toxic gas.

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