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Natural stone care & maintenance

Cleaning

Cleaning your natural stone countertops is as easy as using a mild detergent (like dish soap) and water. Wipe your counters often to keep them clean and glossy, and use a dry towel to dry them completely to avoid water marks. You should clean up spills immediately to avoid staining, especially if the spill is acidic in nature (like orange juice, vinegar and tomato sauce) or contains strongly colored agents (such as blackcurrant, food dye or beetroot). Oil is the most likely candidate to stain your countertops, so do not store oil containers on your counters and wipe off any oil spill or splatter immediately.

Avoiding Cracks?

Some areas of your countertops are more susceptible to cracks and breaks. These are the narrower sections found around the sink and cook top. You should avoid leaning or sitting on these areas. You should also avoid leaning or sitting on suspended areas of your countertops like hanging breakfast bars. Another way to prevent cracking is to avoid placing very hot items on a cold countertop as rapid and extreme temperature change could result in a crack. Never place hot items on seams. Same is true for granite, marble, soapstone, limestone, travertine and onyx.

Care

Avoiding Chips

Granite is an extremely resilient stone that is not prone to chips. In most cases, chips occur when something heavy collides with the counter's edge, such as heavy pots, pans and large bottles. The good news is that if you find the piece that was chipped out, it can often be glued back in place.

Avoiding Scratches

Because granite is a quartz based stone, it can only be scratched by quartz or harder materials. Knives will not make a dent in it, but your granite counters will cause them to dull quickly if you do not use a cutting board. Materials commonly found in the kitchen that are harder than quartz include diamonds (you should always take off your diamond rings before cooking), stone cookware that contains rough silica sand, certain pizza stones and marble kitchen accessories, like marble cutting boards.

Sealing

Granite is durable, but it remains a natural porous stone that has the potential to absorb spills if not properly treated. This is why it is important to seal your granite countertops with a high quality sealer. All of Fairfax Granite & Marble counters are sealed upon installation, but in the interest of protecting your investment, we recommend repeating the sealing process every 6 months. There are a variety of sealers available, and we will be happy to recommend the one that is best for your particular granite stone.

Which Sealer to use

Please refer to Granite Shields manual if you purchased the upgrade with us. If not, we recommend Miracle 511 Clean and Reseal to clean your countertops Check out this link if you would like to read about marble maintenance; www.calacattamarblecountertops.com Once sealed properly, your stone is protected against everyday dirt and spills. Proper cleaning will help the sealer last longer and keep your stone protected without damaging your stone’s natural beauty. Engineered stones such as Silestone, Caesarstone, Cambria, and Zodiaq have their own maintenance instructions. Please refer to Silestone FAQ, Caesarstone FAQ, Cambria FAQ, and Zodiaq FAQ for more information. Always also feel free to visit one of our showrooms.