By: Ann Kent
When you make the leap into designing the kitchen that you have always wanted, it is so important to properly care for your natural stone countertops. Natural stones like granite and white veiny marble are quite easy to care for and do not require very much elbow grease at all. You will likely opt for granite over marble countertops if you have a heavy traffic kitchen because marble is much more porous and delicate than granite.
You do not need to be a professional to apply sealant to your countertops. As long as your countertops are clean and free of dirt and debris, all you need to do is wipe the sealant on the countertop and let it dry. The sealant provides extra protection against chips, stains, or any everyday damage. Applying the sealant on a regular basis will ensure that your countertops look brilliant for years to come. It is a good idea to put in on your calendar so that you remember to seal your countertops as part of your home’s routine maintenance. Marble requires sealing up to 4 times a year, and even with this maintenance, marble countertops still have a tendency to chip or etch with use. Granite should be sealed up to two times per year, making it a better option for heavy-duty use.
Daily cleaning of natural stone is quite simple; you can use a mild mix of soap and water or a product like Mr. Stone’s AGM Daily Countertop Cleaner. The AGM cleaner does not contain any harmful chemicals and does not give off a strong smell. The formulation contains a small amount of sealant, so each time you use it, you are protecting your countertops as you clean. The AGM Daily Countertop Cleaner works well on all natural stones including marble, granite and quartzite, which are currently the most popular stones in the natural stone industry.
It is important to steer clear of abrasives and harmful chemicals when caring for your natural stone countertops. Whether you clean your countertops with a mix of soap and water or with AGM Daily Cleaner, always apply the cleaner with a soft towel rather than an abrasive and harsh sponge or scrubber. Soft microfiber towels are a great and environmentally friendly way to keep your kitchen countertops clean and germ free. While white vinegar is a great cleaner for most everyday household cleaning projects, it should not be used on natural stone countertops. Vinegar based cleaning products contain acid, so they can create etch marks on stones like marble.
Granite and quartzite only require sealing 1-2 times a year, so these stones are a nice alternative to the more delicate but beautiful look of white, veiny marble. Granite can be sourced in so many different colors from rich and dark UbaTuba granite to bright white Viscont white granite. Quartzite can only be found in white to gray variations, but is quite popular because there are so many quartzite stones available that mimic the look of marble.
Over time, granite, quartzite, and marble countertops might chip or get stained, but the best part about natural stone countertops is that the smaller problems can be repaired and restored to their original beauty. You can always call in an expert, but if you prefer to handle things yourself, we at the Mr. Stone, the countertop experts, have an extremely useful Granite and Marble Chip Repair kit that the average homeowner can easily apply to their countertops. The product is essentially an epoxy that can be applied directly to the area that is chipped. After a quick buff, it will be virtually impossible to pick out where the imperfection previously was.
There is always a high demand for granite, marble, and quartzite in the natural stone industry because of the natural stone’s resiliency and strength. Installing a new natural stone kitchen countertop will increase the value of your home and make your home more desirable for potential buyers. Unlike other surfaces that must be replaced if they are damaged, with regular maintenance, natural stone countertops have a much greater lifespan, making them a wise and satisfying investment.