One of the items to do on our never-ending list of home improvements is to remodel the kitchen. I LOVE my kitchen as far as openness and space is concerned, but our house is 14 years old, and the cabinets and counter tops are the original builder’s grade. They’ve taken a beating. There are several places where the cabinets are splitting, and several spots on the counter tops that will just have to stay deformed until we redo everything!
I’ve been building an idea book over on Houzz (CLICK HERE TO SEE IT) full of different kitchens that have little touches I’m interested in, and of course, counter tops are a big deal!
So when Pheeby from Shiny Carpets Shacklewell contacted me to see if I would be interested in a post about cleaning natural stone counter tops, I was all about it! AND she’s gonna share some hacks! Let’s check it out!
Natural stone counter top is an investment which deserves to be made. It can make your bathroom and kitchen look exquisite, elegant and stylish. To keep your natural stone counter top in good condition, here are some cleaning tips and helpful hacks you can use. They will help you maintain your counter tops for a long time to come.
Natural stone counter tops need the same cleaning procedures that fine wooden furniture needs. Don’t spill drinks on them, because most drinks are abrasive and will damage your counter tops. If you make any spill on your natural stone counter top, clean it immediately. Soda, alcohol, juice, ketchup, vinegar, mustard, perfume, rock salt, shampoos and most chemicals have abrasive ingredients in them, which can damage the surface of your counter tops, creating scratches and stains. All abrasive products and liquids, which contain acid or alkali, will damage your natural stone counter tops.
Granite is the hardest type of natural stone, appropriate for counter tops. Only the diamond have as much steadiness and resistance as this kind of natural stone. Granite is very resistant to scratches, stains and heating. Marble is another good option you have; it’s affordable, easily maintained and adds style in your home. To keep marble and granite natural stone counter tops in clean and flawless condition, here are some cleaning tips you can use!
Place cup holders under all your glasses to keep your counter tops clean from stains. Check if your marble or granite counter tops are sealed, before applying any cleaning product on them. Use clean sponges, towels and cloths when cleaning your counter tops and replace the old cleaning cloths with new. Don’t apply scouring powder, cream or any cleaning product which contains abrasive ingredients. Lemon, vinegar and acids can also be dangerous for the surface of your counter tops – they will make defects and damages on them.
You can use milder cleaning products or specially designed detergents for natural stone counter tops with warm water. Check the ingredients of each product you choose before applying it. Soap and cleanser can leave stains, streaks and marks on your counter tops, so avoid cleaning with them. Change the water you use for rinsing more often. After applying the necessary cleaning products, rinse your counter top well and dry it with a soft cloth. Maintain your natural stone counter tops by removing the dust more frequently, as it appears, using a soft towel. Dry and soft cleaners as well as cleaners for bathrooms, grout, tiles and tubs are abrasive and aren’t appropriate cleaning products for your marble, granite or other natural stone counter tops.
Put stands on your counter tops under every glass you place, to protect them from spills. Most spills can damage their surfaces, that’s why they should be cleaned immediately. It is advisable that you use an absorbing cloth to gather all the liquid, protect your counter tops from blotting and making more stains, dirty marks and scratches. Apply a pH neutral cleaner on your counter tops, which will provide successful cleaning, without damaging their surface. Place stands under all hot pans, plates and dishes to avoid spoiling your counter top or leaving marks on it. They should be used under all ceramic, china and silver utensils.
You should seal your natural stone with impregnating natural stone sealer to stop stains from penetrating in the stone’s pores. Hire a professional to do this work. It is recommended that you seal your natural stone counter tops every year to keep them protected. This way they will last longer and be in a better condition.
Thanks, Pheeby! Wow! Now that I have all of this information, I will definitely be able to make the best counter top decision! Who knows, I might just stick with the laminate!
What kind of counter tops do YOU have? What do you love or hate about them?