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First off, it is very important that you know a little about the type of stone in your home/project. If you don’t know what kind of material you have, you can check out our ‘Stone Products‘ section to help you identify the type of stone.  If you are still unsure on what type of stone you have, give us a call and we will be glad to help you!

Natural stone counter tops are very easy to care and maintain.

There are many different cleaners on the market that are designated for natural stone, however, a mild liquid dish washing detergent and warm water is all you really need to keep your investment spotless. The purchase of a cleaner can be beneficial though, as most retail cleaners contain either stone polish, sealer, or both. The inclusions in a cleaner can help to keep your stone protected and add a nice luster to your counters. If you have engineered stone such as Ceasarstone, then warm water and mild liquid dish soap is highly recommended as your primary cleaner.

Here are some quick “Do’s” and “Don’ts” that every natural stone owner should know.

Do’s

Use a non-acidic soap scum remover or a solution of ammonia and water (1 gallon of water to 1/2 cup ammonia).

Squeegee shower walls and other areas to help prevent soap scum build up.

Clean up spills as soon as they happen, liquids such as alcohol, citrus juices and other types of acid can eventually take the polish off.

Use coasters, hot pot holders and other common kitchen items to help protect your stone from everyday wear and tear.

Thoroughly rinse and dry the surface after washing.

Don’ts

Don’t use products that contain lemon, vinegar or other acids to clean marble, limestone, travertine, or semi-precious stones.

Don’t use too much soap or cleaner as it could leave a film and streak.

Don’t use powders or creams that contain abrasives, and don’t use a rough abrasive to scrub as it may scratch the surface.

NEVER MIX AMMONIA AND BLEACH!! This creates a toxic and lethal gas!

The different types of material and finish can affect how much maintenance is required. Of all the types of materials used for counter tops, granite and engineered stone (Ceasarstone) are the most popular because of their durable characteristics. However, no material natural or man made is perfect. In the highly unlikely event that you actually manage to stain your counter tops, don’t fret!  It is a complicated process for stain removal, but if you do it right, anyone can do it! View our stain removal page for full details on how to do it, if its a real stubborn stain or you can’t identify it, give us a call and let us help you (emailing pictures is VERY helpful!)!

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