Stone countertops not only add an expensive touch to kitchens, baths and multi-purpose rooms, they are an excellent choice for durability. Whether you choose concrete, granite, limestone, marble, quartz or soapstone, it is important to learn how to care for each type of stone properly to prevent damage.
We’ll take a look at the proper care of each specific type of stone countertop, but there are some general care tips that apply to all types.
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How to Clean Concrete Countertops
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You may not immediately think of concrete countertops as stone, but concrete is a mixture of finely crushed stone, sand, cement and water. The mixture is poured into a mold, and after drying, forms a durable solid surface. The key to easy care for concrete countertops is how the countertop is sealed. The sealant should be acid, heat and scratch resistant. Carefully read the instructions on how often the sealant should be reapplied.
Daily Cleaning of Concrete Countertops
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How to Clean Granite Countertops
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Granite slabs come in such a wide variety of colors and formations, that it is one of the most desirable stone countertops. Each slab is truly one of a kind. Granite is naturally anti-bacterial and with the proper sealant, an easy to care for finish.
Daily Cleaning of Granite Countertops
- To keep granite countertops shiny, daily cleaning with a mixture of dishwashing detergent and water is recommended. Simply mix a teaspoon of dishwashing liquid and four cups of water in a spray bottle. After food…MORE
How to Clean Limestone Countertops
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Limestone countertops are popular because they give the expensive look of marble but at a much more affordable price. Most limestone is white or off-white in color with random, naturally occurring patterns in the stone. The downside of limestone countertops is that they require more care than other stones.
Limestone is porous and scratches or discolors more easily than other stone surfaces. But with the right sealant and proper care, limestone countertops can last for decades.
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How to Clean Marble Countertops
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Marble is a classic and elegant countertop treasured by professional chefs for its cool surface temperature perfect for creating pastry. The downside of marble is that the stone is quite porous and stains and scratches easily. Sealing will help with stains but acidic foods will etch marble very quickly.
Daily Cleaning of Marble Countertops
- The key to keeping marble looking great is prevention. Wipe up food and drink spills as soon as possible. Wipe down marble countertops daily with mild dish…MORE
How to Clean Quartz Countertops
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While quartz is a naturally occurring mineral found in many stones, quartz countertops are not a solid slab. Quartz countertops are engineered stone formed by combining randomly sized quartz crystals with resins and colored pigment to form a slab. The countertops are ninety-three percent quartz and seven percent resin.
One benefit of this manufacturing process is that quartz countertops are nonporous and do not need to be sealed or resealed. The downside of quartz is that the color will fade if…MORE
How to Clean Soapstone Countertops
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Soapstone is another easy care stone countertop that is nonporous, repels most stains and is heat resistant. The downside of soapstone is that it is not as hard as some other stones, and the countertops can be easily scratched and chipped if hit with a heavy object.
Daily Cleaning of Soapstone Countertops
- Freshly quarried soapstone is light gray in color. The stone becomes darker as it is exposed to water and oils. To enrich the color, soapstone countertops are often rubbed with mineral oil.