Protecting Your Stone
We recommend that you reseal your countertops once per year if they do not have a permanent sealer already applied. Clean your stone surfaces with a cleaner specifically made for stone or a mild liquid dishwashing detergent and warm water. Using too much cleaner or soap may leave a film and cause streaks. Rinse surfaces thoroughly after washing with the soap solution and dry with a soft cloth. When using any product made for stone cleaning or sealing directions must be followed carefully and precisely.
- Use coasters under glasses, particularly those containing alcohol or citrus juices.
- Use trivets or mats under hot dishes and placemats under china, ceramics, silver or other objects that can scratch the surface.
- Dust countertops, islands, and vanities frequently.
- Blot up spills immediately to minimize the potential of permanent damage to the stone.
- Reseal countertops at least once a year with professional sealer made for stone use.
- Use products containing ammonia, bleach, vinegar, or all purpose cleaners.
- Use cleaners that contain acid, such as grout cleaners, tub and tile cleaners, bathroom cleaners.
- Use abrasive cleaners, such as dry cleansers or soft cleansers.
- Use alkaline cleaners not specifically formulated for natural stone.
What a Treatment Will and Will Not Do
It is important to understand a repellent treatment will and will not do. They will not prevent etching from acidic foods and beverages on marble and limestone. However, a treated surface will minimize the degree of etching by keeping the offending substance at the surface not allowing the damaging effects to migrate deeper into the stone. A treated surface is not a total guarantee against staining. Repellent treatments are not stain-proofers. If an offending substance is left in contact for a prolonged period of time a stain may develop, however it will not become deep seated. Therefore, care should be taken to remove any spills or foods from the surface as soon as possible. Treating the stone does not make it maintenance free, it still needs to be maintained with the proper stone care products. Honed and texture surfaces in interior settings will receive further protection from using a “stone soap”. Stone soaps dress the stone leaving a residue behind which may act as a sealer and a soil releasing agent.