Maintaining the pristine appearance of natural stone countertops is essential, but it’s just as important to know what to avoid during the cleaning process to preserve their beauty and integrity. When caring for these surfaces, certain cleaning agents and practices must be sidesteiled to prevent damage.
Firstly, avoid acidic cleaners such as vinegar, lemon juice, or lime, as they can etch and dull the stone’s surface. Equally damaging are abrasive cleaners or pads which can scratch and wear down the sealant applied to many natural stone countertops. It’s recommended to use a pH-neutral cleaner specifically designed for stone to ensure it remains unscathed.
Steer clear of harsh chemicals like bleach or ammonia that can degrade the sealer on your countertops, making them more vulnerable to staining. For daily cleaning, warm water, mild dish soap, and a soft cloth are typically sufficient to keep your countertops looking their best.
Before starting regular maintenance or if you notice any damage during cleaning, it might be wise to obtain a granite countertop estimate for professional repair or resealing. Securing a granite countertop estimate can provide a roadmap for any necessary professional maintenance to ensure your countertops remain a focal point in your home for years to come.
Regular care and knowing what to avoid in cleaning can make a significant difference in the longevity and beauty of your stone surfaces. For additional guidance or to schedule maintenance, don’t hesitate to request a second granite countertop estimate to keep your investment in peak condition.