Granite and Marble Care
Granite is a super tough stone formed from volcanic magma, and is highly durable and naturally hard, second only to diamond. Granite requires minimal upkeep to ensure a lifetime of enjoyment for your investment.
What is the best way to clean countertop surfaces?
- Use a microfiber cloth to wipe dust off the surface.
- After each use, clean with a mild neutral pH detergent soap such as Sunlight Liquid and water, then wipe with a dry cloth.
After extensive exposure to oils or acidic fruits it may be necessary to clean the surface with warm water and a small amount of standard non-abrasive household cleaner such as:
- Mister Muscle Multi-Surface Cleaner
- Liqui Cleen Cream
- Rinse thoroughly after using any of these cleaners
What should one try avoid?
Never use harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners. They can scratch, pit, and etch the surface of the stone.
- Completely avoid harsh household agents such as:
- Drain Cleaners
- Oven Cleaners
- Paint Removers/Strippers
- Products or chemicals with a high pH/Alkaline level.
While knives will generally not scratch a granite top, Allstone Solutions recommends rather using a dedicated chopping board with rubber or plastic feet. Grit trapped beneath a flat board or heavy dish can also cause scratches if moved or spun around. Diamonds and some stoneware also pose a risk of scratching granite.
Chips in granite are not a common occurrence. When they do happen, chips are most often caused by banging something into the edge of the countertop. Heavy pots and pans and the bottoms of large bottles do most of the damage. Take care when you handle them around your granite and marble kitchen tops. If a chip does occur and you find the piece that chipped out, save it. Most of the time, it can be epoxied back into place.
What are Hot Pans?
High temperatures will not harm granite in any way. You can take a pan off the stove or a dish out of the oven and put it on your kitchen top without damage. If you have a seam in your kitchen top it is best to avoid putting hot materials on top of it. The epoxy in the seam is heat resistant, but can be melted if exposed to heat for an extended period.
Bath and Other Wet Areas
In the bath or other wet areas, soap scum can be minimized by using a squeegee after each use. To remove soap scum, use a non-acidic soap scum remover.
Do I need Sealing?
Some types of Granite never need sealing. Please check with Allstone Solutions as to whether your granite or marble requires sealing or resealing. Certain granite is supplied to Allstone Solutions alreadly sealed. For some granite tops it is suggested that a penetrating sealant be applied once a year. We recommend to avoid using a sealer that will not penetrate the stone, as it may create a cloudy surface that may not be repairable. Bear in mind that the glossy shine of granite is due to polishing using diamond polishing tools and not due to a coating on the surface. Re-seal the countertop when water splashed on the surface no longer beads up.