With just a little extra care, your stone countertops should look beautiful for years of dinners and family gatherings. You’ve invested in quality stone surfaces in your home; so invest some time into protecting them.
There are three basic ways to care for your stone counters and vanities: protection, maintenance, and repairs.
Protection: Some stone types should be sealed upon installation. Ask your fabricator about the porosity of your stone, and what type of sealer (if any) they typically recommend. Engineered materials may not require sealer at all.
Maintenance: Do some research, and find out what types of cleaning solution are recommended for your specific stone. And as always, partner with your fabricator to fully understand how susceptible your particular stone is to staining, as not all granites or marbles behave in exactly the same way. With any stone, it’s essential to clean up spills quickly to avoid the risk of staining.
Repairs: Even with the best care, chips and stains do happen. If basic cleaning doesn’t resolve the issue, contact a trusted stone fabricator to take a look at the blemish. Any qualified stone professional will be able to advise you on how the issue should be repaired.
Take a look at our guidelines below for detailed care and maintenance of specific stone types.