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STONE MAINTENANCE

Maintenance Articles based on Material Type

Engineered Stone

QUARTZ USE AND CARE / CLEANING MAINTENANCE

Information Based on Caesar Stone Website:
Its hard, nonporous surface makes Caesarstone simple to clean. In most cases, soap and water or a mild detergent is all that is required to maintain its luster. If necessary, apply common, non-abrasive, household cleaners such as Soft Scrub Liquid Gel with Bleach directly on a damp cloth and wipe the surface, rinsing thoroughly after cleaning. To remove adhered material such as food, gum, or nail polish, first scrape away the excess material with a plastic putty knife and then clean the surface with a damp cloth to remove any marks left behind and any residual dirt.

Please note that Caesarstone finishes other than polished may require increased daily maintenance due to their unique patterns and finishes. Since there is more exposed surface area with these finishes, metal marks, fingerprints and other signs of daily living will show on these materials.

How to clean Caesarstone countertops?
Due to the nature of the surface design, it is recommended that common household spills like liquid droplets and rings are dried immediately. As with any matte product, owners of Concrete, Honed and Rough finishes may experience seeing an increase in smudges from everyday living. Weekly, the surface should be cleaned with Soft Scrub Liquid Gel with Bleach and thoroughly dried.

Caesarstone prides itself in providing our customers a virtually care-free surface, but as with any product, excessive abuse can harm its finish. With a small amount of care, your Caesarstone surface will look as great as the day you bought it for years to come.

Regular Cleaning
Due to Caesarstone’s high density and non-porous qualities, normal cleaning with a damp cloth and mild detergent is all you need to keep your Caesarstone surface looking great. Thoroughly rinse off the soap/mild detergent with hot water after use and dry with soft cloth or paper towel. To avoid dulling the surface shine, make sure to use a non-abrasive cleaner, and thoroughly rinse off with water after use. Those wishing to use environmentally safe cleaners may also use a combination of 50/50 vinegar & water, rinsing afterwards.

Stubborn Food Stains
If needed, apply a generous amount of a non-abrasive gel, such as Soft Scrub Liquid Gel with Bleach, to a damp soft cloth or paper towel (not directly onto the countertop). Wipe the area using a circular motion, rinsing thoroughly with water and dry with soft cloth or paper towel. We recommend a thorough cleaning of your Caesarstone surface on a regular basis (because of the patina that will develop on the surface from day-to-day use) to keep the surface as beautiful as the day it was installed. If you have heavy patina build-up from using non-approved cleaners, please contact our Customer Care department for detailed instructions on how best to remove it.

Metal Marks Rust
Special use for spot cleaning ONLY. Because of the abrasive nature of this cleaner, use Bar Keepers Friend Powder only as follows: Place small amount on damp cloth. Using very light pressure, wipe the area where the marks are in a circular motion, rinsing thoroughly with warm water and dry with soft cloth or paper towel.

Dried Spills
To remove adhered material such as food, gum or nail polish, first carefully scrape away the excess material with a plastic putty knife and then clean the surface with a damp cloth to remove any marks left behind and any residual dirt. Do not use any abrasive pads to clean tougher dirt as abrasives can damage the finish/sheen of your countertops.

Please note that Honed, Concrete and Rough finishes require more cleaning than our Polished finishes. Since there is more exposed surface area with these finishes, metal marks, fingerprints and other signs of daily living will show. Most of these marks can be removed with little effort and non-abrasive cleaning products such as Soft Scrub Liquid Gel.

Chemicals and Cleaners to Avoid
Prolonged exposure to any cleaning solution may cause permanent damage/discoloration to the countertop surface. Avoid exposing Caesarstone to chemicals, such as oven grill cleaners, floor strippers, paint removers/strippers, toilet bowl cleaners, oil soaps, tarnish removers, furniture cleaners, drain products, battery acid, dishwasher detergent, etc. Should your surface accidentally be exposed to any potentially damaging products, rinse immediately with water to neutralize the effect.

How Does Caesarstone Withstand Heat?
Caesarstone can withstand very brief exposure to moderate heat, however, any stone material can potentially be damaged by sudden and rapid temperature changes, especially near the edges. Therefore, the best course of action to prevent discoloration or cracking is to use inexpensive and readily available trivets, especially when using cooking units such as electric frying pans, crock pots or toaster ovens. Do not put hot cookware directly on the Caesarstone surface.

How Durable Is Caesarstone?
Tough, YES. Indestructible, NO. Caesarstone is resistant to cracks, scratches and stains. However, like most materials, force and/or pressure from objects can damage the surface. As with any surface, Caesarstone can be permanently damaged by exposure to strong chemicals and solvents. Use of a minimum 1/8″ radius on an edge detail profile can reduce the susceptibility for chipping on the edge. A greater profile radius (minimum 1/4″) is recommended for high traffic areas, such as sink areas and commercial installations. Caesarstone surfaces are scratch resistant; however, avoid using sharp objects such as knives or screwdrivers directly on the surface. The use of a cutting board is always recommended.

Daily Care and Maintenance for Quartz Countertops

Make sure to use a non-abrasive cleaner and always rinse and dry the countertop after cleaning.

 
Removing Stubborn Stains and Spills

If needed to remove stubborn or dried on spills you can use a non-abrasive gel by applying the gel to the cotton cloth, not directly onto the countertop and wipe it onto the surface in a circular motion, rinse it thoroughly and dry with a clean soft cloth.

If you have dried on spills on your Vadara Countertop these cleaners are recommended for use:

  • Method® Go Naked Wipes
  • Simple Green® Extreme Clean
  • Simple Green® Lemon Fresh
  • Lysol® Disinfecting Wipes
  • Lysol® Food Surface Sanitizer
  • Clorox® Disinfecting Kitchen Cleaner
  • Clorox® Wipes Bleach Free
  • Windex®
  • Windex® Multi Surface Cleaner with Vinegar

You may also use a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water. Be sure to rinse your countertop with warm water and dry after cleaning.

If you need to remove any adhered material such as food, gum or nail polish you start by scraping away the excess material with a plastic putty knife then clean any remaining residue with a damp cloth.

 
Chemicals and Harsh Cleansers

You should avoid exposing your countertop to such things as oven/grill cleaners, oor strippers, paint removers/strippers, toilet bowl cleaners, oil soaps, tarnish removers, furniture cleaners, battery acid, drain cleaners. If you accidently expose your countertop to these types of products immediate rinse the area with water.

Prolonged exposure to these types of products may cause discoloration or damage to the countertop.

 
Resistance to Heat

Vadara Quartz is a heat resistant surface but it is not heat proof. To protect your countertop from potential damage caused by sudden or rapid temperature changes we strongly recommend the use trivets or hot plates especially when using cooking units such as electric frying pans or crock pots. Never place hot cookware directly onto your Vadara countertop.

 
Cutting Directly on Quartz Counter

Never cut directly on your Vadara countertop. Your countertop is extremely hard and cutting on it directly will show “leave behind” metal marks from your knives. ese are not scratches and can be removed following the steps for cleaning. We strongly recommend the use of a cutting board.

 
No Sealer Required

Do not apply any sealers or polishes to your Vadara Countertop. They are not necessary and over time can make your finish look dull and/or inconsistent.

You have made a great investment in a durable and beautiful surface and with a small amount of maintenance it will continue to provide beauty and function for years to come.

CARE AND MAINTENANCE
Pentalquartz is an extremely low maintenance surface that is not easily damaged. Following
a few simple instructions will keep your countertop looking like new for many years to come.
• Use mild soap and warm water for routine daily cleaning. Be sure to rinse thoroughly.
• For stubborn spots, use a soft cloth or a non-scratch scrub pad, and a mild non-abrasive
cleanser, with a neutral PH.
• For dried residue, a flat object such as a plastic putty knife can be used to gently scrape
off the foreign material.
• Honed surfaces can show fingerprints and other signs of daily living more readily than
polished surfaces, and will require more frequent maintenance. Honed surfaces can be
cleaned as described above.
• Although Pentalquartz is extremely scratch resistant, it is not scratch proof. You should
never cut or chop directly on your countertop. Always use a cutting board.
• Always use a hot pad or trivet when setting down hot objects, such as hot pans or
plates. Direct contact with extremely high heat can cause damage.
• Take care to avoid spilling harsh chemicals such as drain cleaners, paint strippers, oven
cleaners, bleaches, etc on your Pental Quartz countertop.
HONED & SATIN FINISHES:
Pentalquartz offers you not only a wide range of colors, but of finishes as well; including
polished, honed, satin, and brushed. Just as each finish has a different look; it also has
slightly different characteristics.
PentalQuartz is a beautiful and durable non-porous surface. Some colors are available in
our HONED or SATIN finish which offers the soft appearance of a lower sheen compared to
the POLISHED finish. The HONED and SATIN finishes require slightly more maintenance than
our polished finished materials. Since the honed or satin finish actually creates more surface
area to the material it has the potential to show more signs of living from daily use. Possible
marks from metal cookware or utensils; fingerprints, food and beverages, and other items
placed on, or moved across the countertop, may be visible on the surface. Most marks can
be easily removed with a cloth or sponge; or by using household cleaners such as a cleaning
eraser or carefully scrubbing with a sponge and a non-abrasive cleaner such as Soft Scrub
Advanced Cleaner®. Over time the Honed or Satin finish will develop character and a
patina unique to each customer.
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Honed and satin finishes can be cleaned using the same products and methods as other
finishes, please see our care and maintenance guide at: www.pentalquartz.com
Signing this document acknowledges that you fully understand the unique characteristics of
a honed and satin finishes. That it will be more likely to show scuffs, marks, and fingerprints,
and it will require more frequent or intense cleaning and maintenance to keep it free from
marks.
Warranty issued by Pental Granite & Marble for Pentalquartz covers manufacturing defects;
however the marks that commonly occur on honed and satin finishes, are inherent to the
material, and are not covered under the terms of the warranty

Information based on cambria website

Product Care and Maintenance
Cambria® is handcrafted from the finest quartz in America to offer unmatched beauty and durability for life. To keep your Cambria looking and performing like new, follow these simple guidelines and precautions.

Wipe-and-Go Convenience
Cambria is maintenance free and requires no sealing or polishing. Simply wipe the surface with a soft cloth and warm water, and mild soap if desired, to keep your Cambria spotless.

Never use bleach and abrasive powders or scrubs like Comet®, Soft Scrub®, or S.O.S.® pads. In addition, never apply any sealers, penetrants, or topical treatments to Cambria. Such products will cause the surface to appear dull or inconsistent. If you wish to use a cleaner for things like dried-on spills, see our list of APPROVED CLEANERS.

Kitchen Products – Dishwashing
– Ajax Bleach Alternative Dish Soap (All Scents)
– Ajax Triple Action Orange Dish Soap
– Better Life Dish Soap (All Scents)
– Clorox Disinfecting Kitchen Cleaner
– Dawn Direct Foam Dishwashing Foam
– Dawn Platinum
– Dawn Ultra Antibacterial Dishwashing Liquid
– Dawn Ultra Concentrated Dishwashing Liquid
– Dr. Bronner’s SAL SUDS Biodegradable Cleaner
– ECOVER Dish Soap
– Formula 409 Orange Power Daily Kitchen Cleaner
– Green Works Dish Soap
– Honest Company – Dish Soap (All Scents)
– Ivory Dish Soap (All Scents)
– Joy Dish Soap Lemon Scent
– Joy Ultra Concentrate Antibacterial Dish Soap Lemon Scent
– J.R. Watkins Dish Soap
– Kirkland Signature Environmentally Responsible Ultra Dish Soap
– Lysol Antibacterial Kitchen Cleaner (All Scents)
– Lysol Food Surface Sanitizer
– Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Dish Soap (All Scents)
– Palmolive Ultra Antibacterial Dish Liquid
– Palmolive Ultra Concentrate Dish Soap
– Puracy Natural Dish Soap (All Scents)
– Seventh Generation Dish Soap (All Scents)
– Seventh Generation Natural Dish Soap (All Scents)
– Shaklee Get Clean Dish Wash
All Purpose or Multi-Purpose Cleaners
– 50% Water and 50% Vinegar Solution
– CitraSolv Natural Cleaner & Degreaser
– Clorox Anywhere (Hard Surfaces)
– Clorox Wipes Bleach Free Lemon Fresh
– De Vere C-Clear Glass Cleaner
– Denatured/Isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol
– Easy Off BAM Power Cleaner De-Greaser
– Ecover All Purpose Cleaner
– EcoPure EP67 Heavy Duty Industrial
– EcoPure EP64 Neutral pH Multi-Use Cleaner
– Fabuloso Professional Multi-Purpose Cleaner
– FILA Everyday Cleaner
– Formula 409 Stone & Steel Cleaner
– Glance Glass Cleaner
– Goo Gone
– Goof Off
– Homelife Ultra Concentrated Plus Bleach Alternative
(All Scents)
– J.R. Watkins All Purpose Cleaner
– Lysol Disinfecting Wipes (All Scents)
– Lysol IC – Quaternary Disinfectant Cleaner
– Lysol Sanitizing Wipes
– Miracle Counter Kleen
– Mr. Clean Extra Power Soap Scum Blaster Bathroom Cleaner
– Mr. Clean Power Multi-Surfaces Wipes Disinfection Lemon Scent
– Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner
– Mrs. Meyer’s Countertop Spray (All Scents)
– Pledge Multi Surface Cleaner
– Saniten N-313 All Purpose Cleaner
– Scrubbing Bubbles Antibacterial Bathroom Wipes
– Seaside Naturals – All Purpose Cleaner
– Seaside Naturals – Glass Cleaner
– Shaklee Get Clean Basic H2 Cleaning Concentrate
– Shaklee Get Clean Germ Off Disinfecting Wipes
– Simple Green All-Purpose Concentrate
– Simple Green D Pro 3 Cleaner
– Simple Green Extreme Clean Lemon Fresh
– Tough Guy Germicidal Cleaner
– Windex Multi-Surface Grease Cutter
– Wine Away – Red Wine Stain Remover
– Wine B’ Gone – Wine Stain Remover
Please avoid selecting a variation of the product listed above, as most brands have multiple variations of product types; some variations
may include chemicals or additives that could damage your Cambria.
Additional information
Frequent attention may be required from finger prints or other spills; Simple Green D Pro 3 and/or denatured/isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol
work very well in this situation.
DO NOT use abrasive or strong alkaline or acid (high or low pH) cleaners. DO NOT use or expose Cambria to bleach, oven cleaners,
Comet,® Soft Scrub,® S.O.S.,® products with pumice, batteries, paint removers, furniture strippers, tarnish or silver cleaners. DO NOT use
abrasive or harsh scrub pads. DO NOT apply any sealers, penetrants, or topical treatments to Cambria under any circumstances. Such
products will wear off and cause the gloss to appear dull or inconsistent.
We appreciate you being a Cambria customer and look forward to helping you in the future. If you have any additional questions, please visit
CambriaUSA.com, or call 1-866-CAMBRIA (1-866-226-2742) toll-free to speak to one of our Cambria Customer Care Representatives.

Too Hot to Handle
All natural stone surfaces, including Cambria, can be damaged by sudden and excessive heat, especially near the edges, as well as direct and/or sustained heating on the top. Always be sure to put closed-weave hot pads or solid trivets under hot pots, pans, griddles, electric frying pans, slow cookers, and roaster ovens before placing them on Cambria.

Leave the Chemicals in the Closet
Corrosive chemicals can damage any surface, including Cambria. Do not expose Cambria to strong alkalines, acids, free radicals, oxidizers, or other similar chemicals or cleaners (whether high, neutral, or low pH).

Use & Care

 
Corian® Quartz was created for a lifetime of easy care. Just follow our simple guidelines to help you keep your Corian® Quartz looking beautiful.

Learning how to care for your Corian® Quartz (formerly Zodiaq® quartz) takes no time at all—thanks to the stain-resistance of this remarkable material. Corian® Quartz is a tough, nonporous, chemically-resistant, high-performance surface that elevates your design with the natural beauty of quartz.

Everyday cleaning — Just Use Water and a Paper Towel

With simple care, Corian® Quartz will retain its radiant, lustrous appearance for many years. For routine cleaning, simply wipe down your countertop with a damp cloth or paper towel and, if necessary, a small amount of non-bleach, non-abrasive cleanser.

Clean Up Spills Right Away — Before They Can Dry

Even though Corian® Quartz resists permanent staining when exposed to liquids (such as wine, vinegar, tea, lemon juice and soda) or fruits and vegetables, you’ll want to wipe up food and liquid spills as soon as possible.

For stubborn or dried spills, use a nonabrasive cleaning pad such as a white 3M Scotch-Brite®* scrub pad coupled with Formula 409®
Glass & Surface Cleaner
or a comparable cleaning product.

Essential Gear

Cutting Boards and Trivets – Corian® Quartz are heat- and scratch-resistant, but not heat- and scratch-proof. Use trivets or pads with hot pots and always use a cutting board. Never chop or slice food directly on your countertops.

What Not to Use

If any of the substances mentioned below come into contact with your Corian® Quartz, rinse the exposed surface immediately and thoroughly with water.

No Wax or Polish Necessary – Because it is nonporous, Corian® Quartz does not require sealants or waxes. Corian® Quartz keeps its lustrous gloss and ultra-smooth surface without polishing or applying sealant.

Do Not Use Bleach – Avoid using cleaners that contain bleach. Always follow the cleaner manufacturer’s use instructions and exercise proper care when handling and storing any cleaning products.

Avoid High-pH Cleaners – Casual exposure to alkaline solutions, such as diluted bleach, will not damage Corian® Quartz. Highly alkaline (high pH) cleaners, such as oven cleaners and concentrated bleach, are not recommended.

Removing Cooking Grease – When grease from cooking is an issue, use Greased Lightning
*, or a comparable degreasing product, to help loosen and remove the grease from the surface. Follow the cleaner manufacturer’s instructions for use.

Permanent Markers – Keep permanent markers and inks away from your countertops. Should these materials come into contact with the surface, clean first as outlined above in the Everyday Cleaning section. If the stain persists, moisten a cloth with Goo Gone®

, or a comparable product, and rub it into the stain. Rinse thoroughly with warm water to remove any cleaner residue.

Keep Solvents and Powerful Chemicals Off the Counter – Avoid exposing Corian® Quartz to strong chemicals and solvents, especially paint removers or furniture strippers containing trichlorethane or methylene chloride. Keep nail polish remover, bleach, detergent, permanent markers or inks, and oil soaps away from your Corian® Quartz.

Heat Damage Prevention – To maintain the beauty of Corian® Quartz, do not place hot skillets or roasting pans directly onto the surface. We recommend the use of trivets and hot pads.

Dealing with More Difficult Spills and Materials – Materials that harden as they dry (such as gum, food, grease, nail polish or paint) are especially tenacious. Remove these by gently scraping away the excess with a plastic putty knife.

Whatever happens, do not despair!

In the unlikely event that you do experience any problems due to a manufacturer’s defect, you can rest assured that DuPont backs its Corian® Quartz with a ten-year limited residential warranty.

Silestone Maintenance

VIM® Actifizz®

VIM® Actifizz® multi-purpose spray easily cuts through everyday dirt around the home. Thanks to its effervescent technology, you can fizz away dirt and keep your Silestone quartz countertop gleaming.

  • Works on:
  • Everyday soap scum
  • Food residues
  • Makeup
  • Watermarks

Precautions

Water repellents

 

Do not use water repellents or sealants to bring out the luster

  • Once it has been installed, the sheen on Silestone is the natural sheen/luster of the product itself
  • Sealants and water repellents provide an artificial, ephemeral shine.
  • Do not use paint strippers, caustic soda, or products with a ph of more than 10.
  • If bleach or solvent is used, it should be diluted with water and never left in permanent contact with the product.

Bleach and Solvent

 

Bleach and solvent can continue to affect the product 12 hours later.

  • Do not use chlorine-based products like dichloromethane (present in paint stripper)
  • The surface of the material should not be re-polished – either on floors or on a countertop.
  • Do not use degreasing agents such as those used in oven cleaners.
  • Keep Silestone separate from sources of heat (deep-fat fryers, etc.).

Temperature

 

Although Silestone can withstand high temperatures for short periods of time, its performance varies with respect to different factors like thickness, color, location, etc. For this reason, it is not recommended that the product be exposed to sustained contact with a heat source, nor should hot saucepans, frying pans, deep-fat fryers, etc be placed on it. The use of a hot pad or trivet is recommended in such situations.

Do not place Silestone outdoors or in places with UV lighting.

  • Over the years the colour and shade of Silestone products may suffer from the effect of the sun’s rays.
  • We always recommend placing hot objects on top of hot pads.

Chemicals

 

High Resistance: Acids, oils, coffee, wine, soft drinks, etc.

Do not use, under any circumstance: Hydrofluoric acid, dichloromethane, NaOH – caustic soda or paint strippers.

Bleach: Do not use for maintenance. When this product remains on the surface for more than 12 hours, it may lose its sheen.

Alkaline cleaning products with Ph>12: Do not use for maintenance: when this product remains on the surface for more than 12 hours, it may lose its sheen.

Note: All information and Statements on these articles are copied from Manufacturers websites

Natural Stone

MARBLE, GRANITE, SOAPSTONE, TRAVERTINE

Granite countertops are both durable and beautiful, which is why granite is such a popular choice for homeowners who are selecting the materials for new home construction and for those who are remodeling and want a kitchen that is both striking and practical. Caring for granite is different from caring for other countertop materials because granite is a natural stone that can be stained or damaged over time. Some maintenance is required to keep the dramatic look of granite at its best and brightest.

Light Daily Cleaning
Use a lint-free cloth or paper towel and a specially formulated granite cleaning product regularly to clean the counter, then dry the area with a separate clean cloth or paper towel. Do not use common abrasive cleaners, which can destroy the protective sealant on the granite.

Spills
In the kitchen, spills on the countertop may be a daily occurrence, and the quicker you clean them up, the less potential damage to your counters. As soon as possible, blot the spill with a soft cloth or paper towel, then clean the area with a granite cleaner and dry with a clean cloth. Remember to blot, not wipe, because wiping can spread the spill.

Heat
Granite is extremely durable. Though placing a hot pot or pan on it briefly might not damage it, it’s best to use a trivet beneath it, especially if you need to set a heated pan down for longer than a few seconds. As tough as granite is, extreme changes in temperature can harm or even crack it. Avoid the problem by using something between the hot pan and the surface of the counter.

Frequent Sealing
To keep your granite countertops protected from dirt buildup and staining, remember to seal them often with a stone sealer. Some people seal their counters every 6 months to a year, but you cannot over-seal stone. If your granite is dark, it will be denser, less porous, and less at risk for staining than lighter colored granite. While this means it may require sealing less frequently than lighter stone, it is still necessary to seal it frequently so it can resist everyday spills and stains.

Practical Preservation

Never stand on granite countertops. Use a ladder to reach lights that need changing.
Use a cutting board. It may be tempting to use the granite surface to slice foods, but don’t do it. While granite is scratch resistant, it isn’t completely impervious to scratching. And you’ll also save your knives, which are not as hard as granite and will become dull quickly if used directly on the stone.
Don’t skip regular cleaning. Even tiny particles can potentially affect the stone.
Use a mat or a trivet under anything ceramic, like a vase or kitchen utensil holder, to keep countertops scratch-free.
Polish granite frequently. Using a special polish for granite helps protect the stone surface from fingerprints or water spots by reinforcing the protective sealant, and it enhances the beauty of the surface.

Cleaning & Maintenance Tips for Marble Countertops

Marble is one of the most beautiful stones in the world, and all home design enthusiasts know that the elegant shine and textures found within our marble countertops is exactly what give both large, expansive kitchens and those small breakfast nooks that extra “wow” factor that home-owners love. There is nothing more elegant and luxe that running your hand along a well-textured marble, like a classic Calacatta or a bold Mink.

That being said, any homeowner who has done maintenance for marble countertops knows that it can be a bit particular if you’re unfamiliar with the proper cleaning process. Marble countertops are definitely an investment piece in the home, which makes proper upkeep and care essential if you want your counters to last a lifetime. We’re looking at 3 essential cleaning and maintenance tips for marble countertops.

Get to know your marble
Newcomers to marble counters and tiles usually fall under the impression that marble is a hard substance to clean, when just the opposite is true. Why do they draw this conclusion? Because unlike granite, marble is a softer material that can be susceptible to nicks and stains. Instead of fretting over cleaning materials and techniques, just get to know your marble better. Once you do you’ll see that cleaning and maintenance for marble countertops couldn’t be simpler.

Cleaning marble countertops
For light stains
Wet a soft cloth in warm water and wipe away any unwanted stains or spills. Always try and clean up water stains and spills as soon as possible to avoid any liquids being absorbed into your marble countertops. Never use a bristled sponge to clean marble surfaces.

For heavy duty stains
For bigger stains you wouldn’t want your in-laws to see, go out and purchase a non-abrasive natural cleaner. Never use vinegar or acidic products. Using a soft cloth in a circular motion, rub out any stains you find on the surface.

Whether you are cleaning a light or heavy stain, always use a soft, dry chamois after to wipe away any remaining streaks or water from the cleaning cloth. It is always better to wipe your counters clean than to let them air dry. This will give a more polished finish and help you avoid liquid absorption.

How to maintain marble countertops
Looking to maintain that newly cleaned look on your marble? Here are some quick tips for marble maintenance:

• Polish, polish, polish. Want your marble to shine bright under your kitchen light? Avoid waxing and buy an all-natural marble polish instead. Using a soft chamois, polish your counters to perfection. Wait at least one hour before rinsing and drying your counters.
• Sand out imperfections. Do you keep staring at a scratch or an imperfection in your counter? If the scratch isn’t too far gone, try using course-grit sandpaper and gently buffing out the scratch. For heavy-duty damage, call the professionals.
• Use coasters. Coasters are always a smart choice – just ask your mom! Protect your counters from water rings by using coasters under your beverages and quark pads underneath hot items.

Things that can harm your counters
One essential step in keeping your countertops looking clean and enviable is getting to know what can harm your counters. Keep up with marble countertop maintenance by avoiding the following:

• Hot items – Hot mugs and pots fresh off the stove should never be left on marble countertops for too long. The same can be said for curling or flat irons. These can scratch and discolor your marble.
• Citric acids – While vinegar is often hailed for being a natural cleaner, avoid using this on marble countertops along with any other cleaners high in citric acid (think: lemon cleaners). These types of cleaners can etch the look of your marble.
• Wax – Some homeowners like to wax their countertops for a clean and polished look. Forgo this option for marble, as the wax can actually discolor your beautiful tiles.
• Items that can scratch your counter – Since marble is porous it can be susceptible to scratches, which leave an unpleasant appearance. Avoid leaving hair-pins or nails around, and always remember to use a cutting board over your kitchen countertops.

Cleaning your marble countertops should never be a headache. Turn this chore into a cinch by learning the correct way to clean and maintain your marble countertops to keep them looking shiny and new.

About The Material
Soapstone is a natural product quarried from the ground in blocks, like marble and granite. But unlike either of these stones, it’s non-porous, which makes it completely stain resistant. Soapstone is an inert material and impervious to chemicals, acids and heat — so there are no household products that will harm it. It’s durable like granite and marble, but it’s more forgiving under stress, soapstone has a tendency to dent rather than chip or crack. Soapstone is recognized by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a suitable surface material for contact with food.

Cleaning Soapstone
You can clean your soapstone using any household cleanser such as Ajax or Comet. Usually just wiping the soapstone with soap and water works just fine. A soapstone sink will stand up to any mild cleaner. Sink corners can be easily kept clean with the use of a small vegetable brush when needed.

Protect your travertine countertops. Acidic liquids, hot pans, and wet glasses can damage your travertine countertops. The best way to combat damage is to prevent it. Use hot pads, placemats, and coasters on your kitchen countertops. In your bathroom, place all of your beauty and health products on a vanity tray instead of directly on the counter

Clean up spills immediately. Travertine is a porous stone that absorbs liquids. When accidents happen, blot up the spill right away. Wiping up the spill will only cause the item to spread, increasing the area susceptible to a permanent stain.
Once a year, seal your countertops. This layer of protection will prevent stains from setting
Clean regularly with gentle products. Sanitize and wipe down your travertine countertops on a regular basis with hot water, gentle cleaners, and a microfiber rag.
Spray the surface with a gentle cleaner that is safe on natural stone.
Wipe up the cleaner with a fresh microfiber rag.
Polish the surface with a new microfiber cloth.

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