Stone Countertop Maintenance Tips for Your Northern CA Kitchen
Stone counter tops come in many varieties, no matter which type you have in your home, it’s important to be sure you’re maintaining them to the best of your ability. Whether you have purchased your stone surfaces to replace outdated counter tops, or your home already had them installed, you want to keep them in great condition. Stone counters are a natural, unique way to make a statement with your kitchen. Here are several tips on stone maintenance to keep a great look for years to come.
Sealing and Resealing
Though stone counter tops of any sort are an attractive choice, they require a bit of maintenance. They may be durable but they’re quite porous, and to keep them looking their best, it’s important to seal them so they’re protected from stains and wear. It’s also a good idea to reseal your counter tops periodically, as the sealing might become weak over time.
Cleaning Your Counters
Because stone counter tops need a degree of maintenance, it’s not a good idea to clean them with a standard kitchen cleaner. Stone is a specialty material and in order to keep your surfaces looking their best, use only stone-recommended cleaners, or those developed specifically for use on stone counter tops and floors. This way, you’re keeping the surface clean without wearing away the seal that protects your stone.
As with any new countertop you’ve invested money in, you want to keep your stone surfaces as intact as possible throughout the years. Stone countertops are heavy and solid, but they’re still vulnerable to chips and cracks if proper care is neglected. Be sure to use a cutting board rather than slicing vegetables on the bare counter. Knife marks are very likely to stand out as scratches on the surface of the stone. Avoid dropping anything heavy onto the surface as well, as pieces of the stone can be chipped away or broken.
When it comes to spills, especially of the spill is of a colored variety, it’s important to get it cleaned up as soon as possible so there is less of a chance of a stain developing.
It’s a good idea to hire a professional stone restoration technician once every year or two, so that your surfaces can be examined, polished, and repaired as needed. A periodic investment into their maintenance is going to help you keep your kitchen countertops looking as great as they did the day they were installed.
Stone counter tops are beautiful, and relatively resistant to damage, but it’s a good idea to take precautions anyway. The more thoroughly you take care of your kitchen surfaces, the longer they’re going to last, all while looking great.
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