Simply Solid Surface: Care
Using a specially formulated stone cleaner is recommended to keep your tops in the best condition and protect the sealer, but hot water will do for quick clean-ups.
Dish soap won’t hurt your granite, but excessive use of any soap may cause build-up and dull your countertop’s shine.
Again, granite won’t etch and using coasters on dense and /or properly sealed granite is not an absolute necessity like with marble, but using coasters is just a good practice to protect all surfaces.
Grit that gets trapped between the pot and the countertop surface may scratch the surface–even granite. Granite is very hard and can take tons of abuse without any damage, but it does contain some softer minerals that could be chipped or scratched. Again, avoid the possibility of scratching the surface and protect your knives.Cutting on stone will dull and damage your knives’ edges quickly and may ruin your countertops.
These products that you buy at your local store contain acids, alkalis and other chemicals that can etch marble and degrade the granite sealer leaving the stone more vulnerable to staining. Trying to save money by using these chemicals only ensures that you’ll spend a lot more time and money on you granite counter top care in the long-run. The powders and even the “soft” creams contain abrasives that will scratch and dull surfaces and reduce the effectivness of your sealant. Protect your countertop by placing these products on a decorative tray. True, it will clean it and your countertop will look nice and shiny.
Don’t spray it onto the mirror because guess were the overspray goes? At the end of the day, a quick spray and wipe of the most heavily used areas with a stone cleaner will adequately clean, disinfect and protect your countertops.
You’ll hear that you should do it every year or in 3-5 years, but the frequency for proper sealing really depends on the type of stone (porous or dense) and the quality of the sealant. Don’t hesitate to call us if you have any questions regarding the care and maintenace of your new countertops.
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If a sealer is applied, be sure that it is non-toxic and safe for use on food preparation surfaces.
To remove soap scum, use a non-acidic soap scum remover or a solution of ammonia and water. Frequent or over use of an ammonia solution may eventually dull the stone surface. This combination creates a toxic and lethal gas.
If the stain is heavy and cannot be removed by simple warm water and mild dishwashing liquid, then create this formula – combine together about one to two tablespoons of dishwashing liquid, one cup of flour, and just enough water until the solution becomes thick (about the same consistency as paste). You can then scrape the mixture away gently, preferably using a wooden utensil then rinse. Oil stains such as grease stain, oil stain, or milk stain requires a different solution altogether. Combine together hydrogen peroxide, a cup of flour, and enough water to make a paste. Cover the area with plastic and leave for about 12 hours.
If you are unfamiliar with granite you need to understand that samples are intended to represent a quarries product.
Granite slabs may not be identical to a sample you are shown. Each slab may differ in color and veining; even a single granite slab will have color variations from one end to the other. This lack of predictability gives the product it’s unique character. However, these characteristics are part of the natural beauty of the stone and will not impair the function of wearing qualities of the material. Granite is also heat resistant which is not the case in other surfaces.
Clean any oil or grease spills as soon as possible. Don’t use cleaners that contain acid such as bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners, or tile cleaners.
Don’t use cleaners that contain vinegar or lemon juice. Don’t sit or stand on granite countertops.
Be sure to read the instructions on the product before you seal your granite countertops.
Purchase a sealer that is made for granite countertops.
Remove any items on your countertops and set them aside. Remove any crumbs or dust from the countertops by using a soft clean rag. Granite is a naturally porous surface, so be sure to clean the area with a stone cleaner, dry the area with a clean dry towel and allow it to dry completely before sealing. Use a clean cloth, brush or sprayer to apply the sealer to the granite countertop. Allow the applied sealer to dry for three or four minutes.
Wait until it is almost dry and apply another sealer coat onto the granite. Rub the sealer onto the granite with a clean cloth. Depending on the sealer brand you use, drying time could take as long as three to four hours.
When that happens, having one or more of these handy granite care treatments on hand will enable you to correct the issue relatively quickly. We also offer stone care kits for granite and quartz that will help you prevent these types of mishaps in the future. Use in conjunction with etch remover and sealer . Removes film from stone and other hard surfaces while leaving stone streak free.