How to Properly Care for Granite, Marble and Quartz Kitchen Counter Tops
There are so many kitchen counter tops options available in the market. Some are made
from marble, granite, quartz, soapstone and even wood. Counter tops made from granite,
marble and quartz are quite popular in today’s kitchens. However, when it comes to
cleaning these counter tops, people get it all wrong. Here are a few tips that will help your
properly take care of your granite, marble and quartz so that they can last longer and
maintain their lustrous look.
As mentioned earlier, counter tops made from granite, marble and quartz are not cleaned
like other counter top materials.
When cleaning a marble, quartz or granite countertop, you will need water, a dish soap and
microfiber cloths. A mix of warm water and mild dish soap is suitable for cleaning these
countertops on a daily basis. Afterward, a microfiber cloth can be used to shine the stone.
You should not use any abrasive or acidic cleaners as these will strip away the sealer and
tech the stone.
2. Stain removal
Stain removal on quartz, granite or marble counter tops can be pretty irritating. However,
you should not try to scrap off the stains with sharp objects or abrasives to remove the
Stain removal for marble and granite counter tops
You will need baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, plastic wrap and tape
When removing stains of granite or marble counter tops, use a paste of baking soda and
water for oil based stains and baking soda with hydrogen peroxide for water based stains.
Apply the paste on the stain and then cover with plastic wrap. Tape down the edges. Allow
the paste to sit for a few days then rinse it off.
Removing stains for quartz counter tops
Quartz counter tops are quite stain resistant so you don’t have to worry about that. In case
of staining that can’t be handled with soap and water, use a glass cleaner of a nonabrasive
sponge to remove the stain.
Regardless of the toughness of granite and marble counter tops, regular resealing is
important. This will protect them from stains. Granite counter tops should be resealed once
a year while marble counter tops should be resealed every few months. On the other hand,
quartz counter tops need no resealing in order to stay in pristine conditions.
4. Protective careSealing
For all marble, granite and quartz counter tops, some general rules apply:
They should always be protected from hot pans, pots and dishes since excessive heat causes thermal shock and possible cracking
Never stand or sit on the counter tops
Spills should be wiped immediately
Don’t chop or slice directly on the counter to protect them from scratches
Always reseal the counter tops as they are prone to wear and tear which removes the finish. As discussed earlier, this time period of resealing will depend on the kindof counter top you have.
When it comes to granite, marble and quartz counter tops, you must be properly take care
of them if you want them to last longer and keep their luster.
Content sponsored by Eagle Granite & Marble Design Center in Bridgeport, Pa.