Natural stone countertops are a beautiful kitchen and bathroom addition for any home. One of the reasons they are an excellent investment is because they last a lifetime. According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) longevity survey, they can serve your home for 100 years or more.
That means you don't have to replace them every few years as you might with other materials. But that is not to suggest there aren't any maintenance requirements. You will still need to care for them to keep them looking new.
Here are a few tips to help you do just that.
Daily Cleaning with Mild Detergent
The number one enemy of natural stone countertops is acid. Acid can etch and dull the surface and damage the sealant. To avoid this, you should always clean up spills as soon as possible.
Use a pH-neutral cleaner specifically designed for natural stone. You can also clean using a mild dish soap and water solution. Just remember to rinse it off thoroughly afterward. Also, use coasters under all glasses and bottles to prevent moisture rings.
Reseal to Repair
Sealing your natural stone countertop is essential to prevent staining. Sealing also makes cleanup easier. Depending on the type of stone, experts recommend resealing after every six months to 1 year or 3 to 5 years.
To test if your countertop needs to get sealed, sprinkle a few drops of water on the most used part of the surface. If the water beads up, your countertop is still in proper condition. If the water soaks in, it's time to reseal. Contact Orlando Stone World for expert countertop resurfacing.
Use Only Mild Scrubbing Agents
When scrubbing your natural stone countertop, only use mild agents. Harsh chemicals will damage the seal and leave your countertop susceptible to staining. Instead, use a soft cloth or sponge with warm water and mild detergent.
Remove Tough Stains with Baking Soda & Hydrogen Peroxide Paste
Despite your best efforts, stains can still happen. If you get tougher stains, use a slightly abrasive cleanser like baking soda mixed with hydrogen peroxide. Apply the paste to the stained part and let it sit for a few minutes.
The paste will serve as a gentle scrubbing solution that breaks down the stain and makes it easier to wipe away. Afterward, rinse the area well and dry it thoroughly.
With proper care, your natural stone countertop can last a lifetime. But we understand that accidents do happen and damage your expensive investment. At Orlando Stone World, we're here to help.
We specialize in countertop resurfacing and can make your countertop look as good as new again. We work in Orlando, Lake Nona, Lake Mary, and Clermont, as well as the surrounding areas. Contact us today for a free consultation.
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