Natural stone counter tops are still very popular in the US and caring for those surfaces properly can extend the life and the beauty for many, many years.
How To Care For Your Stone Countertops
Caring for your natural stone counters is really a two-step (maybe three) process. Here are some dos and don’ts when it comes to your stone countertops.
Avoid using regular household cleaners on natural stone counters. These chemical-based cleaners can etch the finish over time. The shine you see on the surface is mechanically created from machines that polish the stone. Harsh cleaners can mar or etch that surface and it cannot be easily brought back to life.
Use PH balanced cleaners specifically formulated for natural stone. These cleaners have a lower odor, will not harm the surface but do a terrific job of cleaning the tops daily.
Natural stone counters need to be sealed at least once a year if not more often depending on the use. Sealers can be applied and worked into the stone to help create a barrier so stains from grape juice, red wine even cooking oil do not stain the stone if cleaned up quickly.
Stone polishes can revive the luster of stone tops and give you the glisten back that was there when the tops were first installed.
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