Caring for Natural and Engineered Stone
There are many classifications of natural and engineered stone products. As well, new technology has now given us porcelain and sintered products that are extremely compact and durable. Let Maiorana Stone help you with selecting the suitable product for your needs.
Definitely one of the most important aspects of having stone or quartz countertops is maintenance. Although there is minimal work required to maintaining the look of this beautiful investment, the program you use for cleaning will guarantee success or failure. The shine or “polish” on polished stone is achieved by big machines using intense friction at the factory. Cleaning with the wrong product over an extended period of time can ruin the finish and cause the stone to become more susceptible to staining.
Always clean granite (or any natural stone finish) and quartz countertops with a pH- neutral, non-toxic cleaner (mild dish soap and water). Do it daily and wipe up spills as soon as they happen. Bleach, window cleaners and most all-purpose cleaners will damage the granite’s sealant and dull the finish. Using a pH-balanced detergent will eliminate streaks while removing dirt. We carry a ‘stone specific’ product called “Stonetech”. Please ask us about this.
A luxurious and beautiful accent to your home, natural and engineered countertops can stay looking good as new with prompt attention to spills and regular cleaning to make it shine.
Sealing is a common step taken on some natural stones as an extra precaution against staining. Sealing does not actually make the stone stain proof, but more correctly acts as a repellent and makes the stone more resistant to staining. Some stones do not require sealing; however, applying an impregnating sealer is a common practice.
You will likely know when it is time to re-seal your natural stone countertops when you start to notice that water around the sink darkens the stone… meaning that it is absorbing.