Stone countertops not just add value to kitchens, baths, they are an excellent decision for durability. Regardless of whether you pick concrete, granite, limestone, marble, quartz, or soapstone, it is important to figure out how to care for each sort of stone countertop to avoid damage.
Here are some general care tips that apply to all types of stone countertops:
- Always protect counters from hot pots, pans, and dishes of food. Extreme heat can cause a thermal shock, which may crack stone countertops. Use trivets that allow airflow under the hot item, particularly slow cookers that expose counter surfaces to heat for several hours.
- Never stand or sit on stone countertops as it may cause breaks if subjected to being overweight.
- Pay attention on spills and wipe them up quickly. Most stone is sensitive to acidic foods like wine, citrus juices, etc.
- Avoid chopping or slicing directly on the stone counter to prevent scratches. Always use a cutting board.
- In case your countertop have been finished with a sealant, it won’t keep going forever. Normal wear and tear remove the finish. How regularly you have to reseal depends on the type and nature of the stone and the color of the stone. Light-colored stone normally should be resealedevery three years while darker colors can go three to five years.
How to Clean Concrete Countertops
You may not consider concrete countertops as stone, but concrete is a mixture of finely crushed stone, sand, bond, and water. The mixture is poured into a mold, and after drying, forms a durable solid surface. The way to easy care for concrete countertops is how the countertop is sealed. It should be acid, heat, and scratch-resistant.
How to Clean Granite Countertops
Granite slabs come in such a wide assortment of colors and shapes that it is one of the most attractive stone countertops. Every slab is unique. Granite is normally anti-bacterial and with the proper sealant, an easy to care for finish.
How to Clean Limestone Countertops
Limestone countertops are popular because they give the expensive look of marble 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 types of stone. Limestone is porous and scratches or discolors more easily than other stone surfaces. But with the right sealantand proper care, limestone countertops can last for decades.
How to Clean Marble Countertops
Marble is a classic countertop. The downside of marble is that the stone is quite porous, stains and scratches easily. Sealing will help with stains but acidic foods will etch marble very quickly.
How to Clean Quartz Countertops
Quartz countertops are engineered stone formed by combining randomly sized quartz crystals with resins and colored pigment to form a slab. Quartz countertops are nonporous and do not need to be sealed or resealed. The downside of quartz is that the color will fade if exposed for long periods of time to harsh, direct sunlight. Avoid placing extremely hot items on the surface which can mar the resin.
How to Clean Soapstone Countertops
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.