Maintenance of Stones

Granite is extremely easy to clean and maintain. Because granite is a silica base material, you can clean it with your favorite glass cleaner with little or no ammonia. If you don’t feel comfortable cleaning your granite with just window cleaner, you can use any cleaning product that you like since as it will not hurt the granite in any way. Just remember that the harsher the chemical, the faster the sealer will break down. Therefore, you may have to seal more often depending on the stone.
Sealing your granite is also a very simple process and your type of stone will determine how often you need to seal. Usually, the darker the stone the less you have to seal, but some stones have proven that not to be true. An easy way to tell if your granite needs to be sealed is to get a cold glass of water and let it sit on the granine for a minute until it starts to sweat. Once it starts to sweat, lift the glass and if there is a ring were the glass was than it is time to seal. We recommend Pro-Solv made from Aqua Mix, which is a solvent base sealer. To seal, you first want to make sure your granite is cleaned and then pour a little sealer on either the granite or on an old white rag and wipe all the countertops. After about 10 to 15 minutes wipe off the excess sealer, if you leave it on for any longer the sealer will gum up and then you will have to remove it with acetone and steel wool.
Marble requires a lot more maintenance than granite and is not the most recommended material for kitchen countertops. However, many love marble and don’t mind the upkeep. For all finishes of marble, the best way to clean the surface is with a mild solution of hot soapy water. You may use some mild cleaners on honed and antiqued finishes only. Marble is a very porous material and needs to be sealed often. The first year the surface needs to be sealed at least six times a year depending on the material. The best and easiest way to seal your marble is to use mineral oil. First make sure the surface is cleaned and dried, then pour a generous amount on the surface and rub all over the material. You can let it sit on the marble for as long as you like (you can even leave it over night), the stone will “suck up” as much oil as it can hold and will leave the excess on the surface. Once you have let it sit, you can get an old white rag or paper towel and wipe off the excess oil. Another way to seal your marble is with an enhancer, which can be water or solvent based. With the enhancer, you apply the solution on the surface just like you would with the mineral oil, but it can only sit on the stone for a few minutes and will need to be wiped up before it gets tacky. For further questions, please contact us and we will be more than happy to help.
Travertine (Please See Marble Maintenance)
Soapstone (Please See Marble Maintenance)
Onyx (Please See Marble Maintenance)