Think it's time to show your Granite or Marble counter top the love?
Here are some simple care and maintenance tips for keeping your Granite or Marble counter top beautiful.
Regularly clean natural stone surfaces with mild detergent or with soap and water. Thoroughly rinse and dry the surface after washing. Blot up spills immediately to prevent/minimize permanent staining.
DOS AND DON'TS
DO use coasters under all glassware, particularly those containing alcohol or citrus juices. Many common foods and drinks contain acids that will etch or dull the surface of many stones.
DO use trivets or mats under hot dishes to prevent thermal shock.
DO use place mats under china, ceramics, silver or other objects that can scratch the surface.
DON’T place hot items directly on the stone surface.
DON'T use vinegar, lemon juice or other cleaners containing acids on granite, marble, limestone, travertine or onyx surfaces.
DON'T use abrasive cleaners.
DON'T mix bleach and ammonia; this combination creates a toxic and lethal gas.
DON'T ever mix chemicals together unless directions specifically instruct you to do so.
Blot the spill with a paper towel immediately. Don't wipe the area, it will spread the spill. Flush the area with mild soapy water and rinse several times. Dry the area thoroughly. Repeat as necessary.
Stain Specific Cleaning
Oil-based (grease, tar, cooking oil, milk, cosmetics) Clean gently with a soft, liquid cleanser with bleach, household detergent, ammonia, mineral spirits or acetone.
Small amounts can be removed with lacquer thinner or scraped off carefully with a razor blade. Paint strippers can etch the surface of the stone; re-polishing may be necessary. Follow the manufacturer's directions for use of these products, taking care to flush the area thoroughly with clean water. Protect yourself with rubber gloves and eye protection, and work in a well-ventilated area. Use only wood or plastic scrapers for removing the sludge and curdled paint.
Water Spots and Rings
Surface markings due to the accumulation of hard water may be buffed out with dry 0000 steel wool.
Scratches and Nicks
Slight surface scratches may be buffed with dry 0000 steel wool. Deeper scratches and nicks in the surface of the stone should be repaired and re-polished by a professional.
This information is found at: www.marble-institute.com