Natural Stone is an extremely durable material. When your countertops are properly cared for, they will remain highly polished, unmarked and as beautiful as the day they were installed. We recommend the following methods of caring for your new stone countertop:
Granite, Marble and Natural Stone should be cleaned with water and a non-abrasive, mild, PH-neutral soap such as dish soap (like Dawn, Ivory, etc.) or a cleaner specially formulated for stone. We offer an amazing cleaner available for sale in our showroom that cleans, polishes and protects your countertops. ***Do not use products that contain lemon, vinegar or other acids.
When using the water and soap method, apply with a soft cloth and warm water. Too much cleaner or soap may leave a film and cause streaks. Rinse the surface thoroughly after washing with the soap solution and dry with a soft cloth. Do not use scouring powders or creams; these products contain abrasives that may scratch the surface.
Edge Stoneworks seals all stone countertops with a sealer after the installation of your granite. This sealant penetrates the material and creates a barrier against most of the tiny openings present in the stone. The sealant will not change the color of polished stones. We recommend that most stones be resealed every year 2-5 years depending on use and the type of stone. When using our recommended cleaner you can extend the need to reseal your countertops.
While granite is highly resistant to staining, substances such as oil, grease, and any acidic or pigmented material can stain some granites and many marbles and travertine if not removed immediately.
Using paper towels, or other disposable cloths, instead of a sponge or rag during regular cleansing will help reduce the spread of remnant oil, acid or bacteria. If a spill occurs, blot the spill with a paper towel immediately. Don’t wipe the area, it will spread the spill. Flush the area with plain water and mild soap and rinse several times.
Dry the area thoroughly with a soft cloth. Repeat as necessary.
Substances to Avoid
While some substances may stain stone if left on the surface for a period of time (such as cooking grease, lemon juice, or wine) there are some materials that are more dangerous to your countertops and should be completely avoided. Avoid use off these chemicals: paint removers, hydrochloric acid, ammonia, and degreasers. The use of these products will cause the polish to fade or etch. Certain construction adhesives (plumber’s putty, painter’s putty, etc.) will permanently stain your natural stone.