The Stone countertops give the kitchen interior a certain sophistication and uniqueness. For countertops installation, granite and marble are used most often.
Despite the fact that the countertop is made of a fairly solid material, it is necessary to follow and carefully clean the top layer of it to keep its original state for as long as possible.
Typically, granite countertops have a polished front surface, which makes it easier to clean, but require compliance with the following rules.
Be careful with knives
You cannot cut, stab, knock on it with sharp or metal objects. It’s necessary to use soft linings for objects that can scratch the countertop.
Don’t use aggressive chemicals
Do not use abrasive powders or detergents when cleaning. This is especially true for granite countertops installation made of marble, limestone, travertine, as the surface of these materials dims. In addition, the surfaces of such countertops are extremely susceptible to acids. Spilled juice, red wine, getting on the surface literally corrode it, after which there will be visible signs of corrosion. This can be removed only by re-polishing the stone.
These materials absorb spilled liquids, which can also lead to the formation of stains, so various liquids should be removed immediately. Direct sunlight adversely affects the countertop: ultraviolet rays causes burnout and discoloration of materials.
Worktops made of granite and artificial stone are more resistant and less susceptible to the factors listed above.
To remove stains, use soft or neutral remedies recommended for the care of this type of product and apply them to the surface with a soft rag. It is not too much if you treat the surface with special protective compounds. It can be a polishing cleaner, stain remover, a quick-drying water-based wax, and similar. In this case, it’s necessary to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and apply only those compounds that are recommended by the manufacturer and suitable for a particular material.
But not all stains can be removed from granite Stone countertops by “easy” cleaning. For old spots of grease and dirt, ammonia-based compounds are applicable. An artificial stone is immune to them. In addition, non-abrasive chlorine cleaning pastes can be used.
Important! To clean countertops made from natural stone, you should not use detergents, various liquids for cleaning metals, products that contain acetone, acids and abrasives.
Small scratches or non-removable stains can be removed using polishing impregnation with wax. In the case of significant damage, you should call professionals to repair it.