Caring For Your Countertops
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 pros.
With little care, granite can look like new. We suggest using a 3-in-1 spray cleaner to help clean, polish, and protect the stone. Depending on the granite color, the granite may need a sealer to be applied to it periodically. Sealing the stone will help prevent color stains. [Granite sealer recommended]
Consider using the Mogastone cleaner with a microfiber cloth since it will help keep your marble countertops looking like new. Mogastone recommends to re-seal marble every 1-5 years depending on the color. Although sealing the stone will not prevent etching, sealing the stone will help lower the chance of color stains from wine, ketchup, and tomato sauce. [Marble sealer recommended]
Quartzite is rated at a 7 to 8 on Mohs hardness scale. Caring for quartzite is similar to caring for granite since they are both natural stones. Using specific products for natural stone can help make sure the sealer does not get striped away.
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. You can remove any difficult spots with Soft Scrub Liquid Gel. Also avoid setting hot things out of the oven directly on quartz to prevent burn marks.
Soapstone is non-porous, and unlike marble and granite, soapstone doesn’t 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.
Using paper towels and some clean water will be enough to clean porcelain most of the time. Porcelain countertops don’t need to be sealed.
Apply some neutral soap and gently rub it in a circular motion with a damp microfiber cloth. This will help wipe away any residue. Use paper towels to remove any excess.
Wipe 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 you need to re-seal it periodically.
Hot water and a sponge is all that is needed when spills occur. To help preserve the shine, you shouldn’t use any cleaning products. Travertine will have to be re-sealed periodically.