Stone Care Do’s & Don’ts

Stone Care Do’s

Clean your stone countertops every day —a quick wipe with a clean cloth and clean water is all they need. Weekly, use a mild, pH-neutral hand soap.

Wipe clean with a damp chamois or buff with a terry cloth towel to prevent dull streaking from soap suds.

Blot up spills immediately with a soft cloth or paper towel, and allow to air dry to prevent staining from accidental spills. (Avoid spreading spills by wiping.)

For stubborn stains, use a pH neutral solution of a mild dishwashing detergent and warm water — rinse well — and dry immediately.

Use trivets or protective hot pads to prevent hot dishes or cookware from coming into direct contact with your stone countertops

Use coasters to prevent damp glasses from leaving rings.

 

Stone Care Don’ts

Don’t allow acidic or alkaline substances in contact with your stone countertops — including citrus juices and fruit, tomatoes, soft drinks, wines and spirits, toothpastes, perfumes, after shaves, hair products, lotions and make-up.

Don’t use any of the following cleaning materials:

  • Bleach, vinegar, glass cleaners (such as Windex) or degreasers
  • Oven cleaners
  • Acidic or alkaline bathroom, grout or tub and tile cleaners
  • Powdered cleaners (such as Comet)
  • Soft cream cleansers (such as Soft Scrub)
  • Mildew and mould removers (such as Tilex, CLR)
  • Disinfectants (such as Lysol), or abrasive scrub pads
  • Conventional commercial products labelled “Neutral All Purpose Cleaners”
  • Thinners, strippers or mineral turpentine.

Don’t use abrasive scouring pads or powders.

Don’t ignore spills—clean them up immediately.

Don’t use stone surfaces as a chopping board — always use a cutting board or alternative surface during food preparation.

Don’t sit or stand on your stone counters, or put stress on the front or back of the counter, especially near any joint location or countertop overhang, as undue stress may result in cracking.

 


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