Natural Stone Aftercare
Beginning with the 1st 24/48 hours
Congratulations! 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, we strongly advise that you never set a hot pan directly on 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 some essential instructions to remember:
1. If you have just had a sink of any kind installed (top or ):
A. Keep the area completely DRY & undisturbed.
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.
2. All countertops should remain dry, clear of personal belongings & be undisturbed as much as possible, this will give the 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.
3. Once 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 ring stains.
How to care for your Natural Stone long term
1. Clean the countertops with warm water & a few drops of 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.
2. Do 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 instructions carefully for cleaning products you choose to use.
3. Always 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 countertops.
7. Sealing 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.
8. Granite & natural stone are just like every precious earth it needs care & appropriate attention but will last a lifetime if properly taken care of. With your investment will not be regretted.