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How To Properly Manicure Your Stone Countertops

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With great countertops come great responsibility. Especially when you’re housing an ancient slab of Mother Nature. If not properly nurtured, it could stain, chip and change its look, a look that has stood the test of time. The responsibility needed to properly care for your stone countertop is not one to fear or dread. Follow these 7 easy steps and your stone will love you in return.

1) Wash

It’s as simple as running a wet sponge over the granite daily or nightly with a few drops of dish detergent like Palmolive. Isn’t that simple? Water and soap. No fancy cleaners that’ll cost you an arm and a leg.

2) No Abrasive Cleaners

Granite’s Kryptonite is its proneness to scratching and if you don’t use the right cleaners or if you use hard brushes, you run the risk of wearing down the surface. So stick to the gentleness of a sponge or rag. Wax on, wax off, but softly.

3) No Acidic Cleaners

On that note, chemical cleaners are another form of stone Kryptonite. For example, vinegar, bleach, ammonia and lemon will result in bad staining. The acids in these substances will slowly eat away at your precious stone, whereas simple soap and water will feed the stone.

4) Clean Up

If there’s ever a spill on your precious granite, be sure to tap into your Spidey senses and quickly clean up the mess. Sodas, wines, coffee or any acidic liquids that land on granite by accident must be cleaned immediately.

5) Seal & Reseal

Falling liquids may be unavoidable, especially with little ones running rampant in your kitchen. If your granite countertop is in your bathroom, then there’s no avoiding water stains. That’s why you should seal your granite often. Most granite comes with a coat of sealant when first installed but it has a tendency of wearing off after a year or two. Seal & Reseal.

6) Be Wary of Sharp Objects

Knives, forks, even spoons – they all have the potential to scrape natural stone. Keep them at a distance and don’t go stabbing your stone.

7) The Water Test

You can decide whether or not your granite countertop needs to be resealed by taking part in something called the “Water Test”. All it takes is sprinkling a few drops of water onto a commonly used part of the granite countertop. If the water drops bead together, the granite seal is still in good shape. If they bleeds away, it’s time for a reseal.

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