How to Care for Natural Stone Countertops

Biscotti white bar granite countertop on white cabinets with grey flooring

Stone countertops of all kinds add tons of functionality and visual appeal to kitchens. However, they are an investment, and an important part of your home—so you want to keep them looking (and performing) at their best.

Worried that you may be using the wrong cleaner on your granite or marble countertops, or new to stone countertops and not certain how best to maintain them? Follow along, as GranitePro has you covered with our easy to follow guide to caring for stone countertops.

Different Materials Require a Different Approach

First, it is important to note that not all stone behaves in the same ways, and thus there isn’t really a “one size fits all” approach when it comes to stone countertop maintenance. How you care for your stone will mostly be governed by the natural porosity of the stone—or how full of tiny holes they are.

For example, granite isn’t super porous. It isn’t pumice. But it is more naturally porous than quartz, which means granite is more likely to absorb spills or oils. This changes how you care for it. But don’t worry. Whether we’re talking granite, marble, quartz, or anything else, caring for your countertops is easy once you know how.

Should I Seal My Stone Countertops?

Generally speaking the more porous the stone is, and the less naturally stain-resistant it is, the more likely that you will need to have a seal of some sort applied. In many cases, stone fabrication companies will apply a seal before shipping to you or before installation. But this seal may need to be maintained, so the homeowner may need to re-apply a coat every four to six months.

Stone countertop types that may require a seal include:

  • Granite countertops
  • Marble countertops
  • Slate countertops

Quartz countertops do not need a seal, as they are not really porous at all. Much of the time they take care of themselves just fine with a little cleaning now and then.

For materials that require a seal, it is important to know that there are two types of sealants out there: surface sealers, and what is called an impregnator sealer. The second one is the one you want, as these are designed to soak into porous surfaces. This will provide you with a good strong seal without changing the appearance of your stone countertops.

Cleaning Stone Countertops

Good news: You do not need anything particularly special when it comes to cleaning and or sanitizing stone countertops. It’s really more about what not to use. For general purpose countertop cleaning, a mild soap (dish soap does just fine) and warm water will get the job done. Simply wipe away surface dirt, apply some soapy water, and rinse. Do be sure to dry your countertops well, however.

When it comes to what not to use, there are a few common cleaners that we would not recommend. Generally anything that is corrosive or acidic is a no-go, as these can eat away the seal on your countertops.

Do not use bleach, lemon-scented cleaners (or lemon juice), ammonia, vinegars, or anything else you might dub a “harsh” cleaning agent.

Superior Stone Countertops in Maryland

When properly cared for, granite, marble, and quartz countertops can be enjoyed for decades. If you’re looking for new, custom stone countertops in the Eldersburg area, you’re already in the right place! Connect with the second-generation stone fabrication experts at GranitePro for superior service and top-quality kitchen and bathroom countertops!

Interested in stone countertops in Maryland? Contact GranitePro online, or call 410-440-0016!

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