Stone countertops are a popular choice in many homes due to their durability and natural beauty. Often one of the more expensive parts of a kitchen remodel, it’s important to preserve their beauty for years to come. To keep your stone countertops looking beautiful, here are some tips:
Clean up spills immediately: Stone countertops can be prone to staining, so it's important to clean up any spills immediately. Use a soft cloth and a pH-neutral cleaner to avoid damaging the stone. Some cleaners are made specifically for certain kinds of stone and can be a great option!
Avoid acidic cleaners: Acidic cleaners, such as vinegar or lemon juice, can etch and dull the surface of your stone countertops. Instead, use a cleaner specifically designed for use on stone.
Use cutting boards and trivets: Avoid cutting directly on your stone countertops and use cutting boards and trivets to protect the surface from scratches and heat damage. You may not be able to see the damage right away, but over time these simple tasks can really impact the health of your stone.
Seal the stone: Depending on the type of stone, it may need to be sealed to protect it from stains and water damage. Follow the manufacturer's recommendations for sealing your specific type of stone. Make sure to ask what the upkeep is for your stone when you purchase the slab - some may even come pre-sealed!
Avoid placing heavy objects on the countertop: Stone countertops are durable, but they can still be chipped or cracked if heavy objects are dropped on them. Avoid placing heavy pots and pans directly on the countertop and use trivets instead. Also avoid dropping any heavy or sharp objects on them, however, accidents do happen!
Clean regularly: Regular cleaning will help keep your stone countertops looking beautiful. Use a soft cloth and a pH-neutral cleaner to wipe down the surface daily. Built up residue can impact the shine of your countertop.
By following these tips, you can help keep your stone countertops looking beautiful for years to come. If you have questions about your stone countertops, please give us a call and a member of our team can help you navigate the care of your stone in your kitchen, bathroom, or bar area!