Natural Stone Aftercare
Beginning with the 1st
Granite countertops are gorgeous additions to a home or office, with each piece
like a unique work of art. Because granite is available in so many colors,
homeowners have many options to choose from. Granite is also very durable &
resists heat, however we strongly advise that you never set a hot pan directly
on natural stone this will cause the crystals inside to crack leaving the stone
even more susceptible to staining. Granite is great for kneading dough, making
roll-out cookies & other tasks that need a cool countertop for best
results. Unlike Formica or Butcher-block granite is also great for keeping
bacteria & mold away. Granite &
Marble are natural stones meaning they require maintenance on a regular basis.
Below are a few tips on how to care for your stone.
Once the stone installation in
completed here are some essential instructions to remember:
1. If you
have just had a sink of any kind installed (top or undermount):
the area completely DRY &
B. Do not
touch, shift or attempt to adjust the sink(s)/bar(s)/island(s) or any other
free standing stone that has just been installed.
C. It’s highly recommended to wait to install
the faucet(s) & any plumbing for restroom areas for a min of 24 hrs. & 48hrs min
for kitchen areas.
This giving everything time to
settle & dry.
countertops should remain dry, clear of personal belongings & be
undisturbed as much as possible,
this will give the tops time to settle in & allow all of the materials
(i.e. epoxy, liquid nail, silicon, caulk etc…) the installers used to dry. This
is most important if you have had a bar top, island &/or a sink(s)
installed. If you touch, bump, shift
these in any way they will permanently dry & set that way so please leave
everything undisturbed for a min of 48hrs.
the 24/48 hours have passed you may want to wipe all the countertops down with
a soft, warm, wet & soapy cloth (do not ever use any other chemicals other
than those made specifically for the natural stone you have) to clean all of
the stone that was just installed. This is important because the installers
have sealed your tops with natural stone impregnator/sealant & this causes
tiny pieces of dirt to rise from the pores of your stone before it’s sealed. Sealant
allows extra protection from stains but doesn’t
make it stain resistant. Always wipe down any spills from your countertops as
soon as possible & use a coaster for drinks as often as you can to avoid
How to care for your Natural Stone
the countertops with warm water & a few drops of dish washing detergent
using a soft cloth. Never use chemicals on your natural stone as this can strip
away the sealant that helps protect your stone from staining. If you spill
something on your countertops, blot with a paper towel or soft cloth
immediately. So do not wipe the area as this can spread the spill. Dry the area
with a soft cloth. Properly sealed stone will repel most stains if the spills
are cleaned promptly.
heavy duty cleaning with natural stone cleaners when necessary if granite has
been neglected. Never use rough materials like SOS pads, hard bristle scrubbers
or anything that can permanently scratch your stone. It's important to follow
manufactures instructions carefully for cleaning products you choose to use.
keep the stone surface clean of clutter, food & drinks when possible.
4. Do not
place or set down any hot pots, pans or any other heated objects on the stone,
this will crack the natural crystals inside the stone which will leave your
stone susceptible to staining, cracking & chipping.
5. Never stand or place heavy objects on your countertops edging
especially on your bar or islands overhang, this will cause seems to come
undone &/or your stone to crack or break off.
6. Use trivets
or mats under ceramic or metal objects that can scratch the surface. While
granite is highly scratch-resistant, we recommend you do not cut on it
directly. Use a cutting board, even a granite cutting board just don’t use your
is a regular maintenance task for granite. Re-seal the countertops when water
splashed on the surface no longer beads up. It's important to examine your
granite at least twice a year. Inspect areas to make sure there is no cracking
or shifting at the seams. Inspect for stains & scratches as well. If there
are stains or damages, contact ACS
to discuss your options.
& natural stone are just like every precious earth given object, it needs
care & appropriate attention but will last a lifetime if properly taken
care of. With these simple care factors your investment will not be regretted.