Caring for your Stone Countertops
Now that you have new stone countertops, you will want to make sure that you know how to best clean and care for them to ensure that they look their best for years to come. Not all countertops are created equal, so you want to pay attention to the products that you use on your stone. There are some commercially available products that are specially made to clean different types of countertops, but they are not necessary.
Cleaning Granite and Marble
Mild dish soap and water is best for everyday cleaning. Dry it off with a microfiber cloth to help keep the shine bright. You want to avoid cleaners that are acidic or abrasive as they can cause etching or even remove the sealer that protects the stone. Speaking of sealer, you will want to make sure that you seal granite about once a year and marble every six months or so to prevent staining.
Again, mild dish soap and water works best to clean up quartz. Stay away from harsh cleaners. One of the benefits of choosing a manmade stone like quartz instead of natural stone is that quartz does not need to be sealed. Once you have cleaned and dried the quartz with a microfiber cloth, you are good to go.
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