Now that your countertops are in, how do you care for them? Most countertops materials require little to no maintenance. Here is a countertop maintenance guide to keep in mind from our Pro’s.

  • Granite – With minimum care, granite can look like new. Consider using a 3 in 1 spray cleaner to help clean, polish and protect the stone. Depending on the granite color, a sealer may need to be applied to the stone periodically (Pro Seal recommended). Sealing the stone will help prevent color stains.

 

  • Marble – Consider using the Mogastone cleaner using a microfiber cloth will keep your marble countertops looking like new. Marble in general has to be re-sealed every 1-5 years depending on the color (Pro Seal recommended). Although they will not prevent etching, sealing the stone will help lower the chance of color stains from wine, ketchup, tomato sauce.
  • Dolomite – While Dolomite is similar to marble look, it is slightly harder than marble. Consider using cleaners designed specifically for Dolomites. A popular brand is Weiman granite and stone cleaner.

 

  • Quartzite – Rated at around a 7 to 8 on the Mohs scale (hardness scale), quartzite care is similar to granite care. Specifically products used for natural stone can be used to help make sure the sealer does not get striped away.

 

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  • Quartz –  Quartz is non porous and easy to care for. For daily cleaning, use water, dish soap, and paper towels, or a damp sponge to absorb any spills after food preparation. Soft Scrub Liquid Gel to remove any difficult spots. Avoid setting hot things out of the oven directly on quartz to help prevent burn marks.

 

  • Soap Stone – Soapstone is non-porous and, unlike marble and granite, does not need to be sealed. You can purchase a special formulated Soapstone Care Mineral Oil. If you want to make your soapstone countertop or sink darker, you can simply apply some mineral oil. Periodic application of mineral oil will help it develop a dark patina and enhance the natural aging process of your soapstone. Many customers choose to leave the stone untreated for a natural look.
  • Porcelain – Using just paper towels and some clean water will be sufficient to clean most of the time. Porcelain countertops do not have to be sealed.
  • DEKTON – A neutral soap can be applied and gently rub in a circular motion with a damp microfiber cloth. This will help wipe away any residue. Using a paper towel to remove any excess will be all that is needed.
  • Onyx – Wiping onyx surfaces with a delicate fabric to avoid any scratches or swirling on the finish. When using any kind of cleaning product, try to avoid spraying or pouring directly onto the surface, as the porous stone can absorb them. Onyx is more porous and needs to be sealed periodically.
  • Travertine – Hot water and sponge is all that is needed when spills occur. To help preserve the shine, do not use any cleaning products. These will have to be re-sealed periodically.