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Care and Maintenance for Stone

Granite

Clean

For everyday cleaning, use mild soap. No acids or abrasives. Better yet, use a cleaner specially formulated for granite Remember to clean spills right away.

Granite may sometimes absorb food and can stain. Usually if it has gone past the time for resealing. There are products on the market that can reabsorb most stains. That includes food, oil, ink and rust.

Occasionally, some people like to use a polish made for granite as well.(The ancient Romans used sand and straw for polishing. Probably not recommended today.)

Seal

Granite needs to be sealed periodically. Usually every year or two. One test that can be helpful is this. Put a good sized drop of water on the surface and upend a glass and cover it. You don’t want evaporation. Wait about fifteen minutes and look for any discoloration. The presence of such means it’s probably time to reseal.While this is probably not a “lab grade” test it can give a good indication and you don’t need special equipment to perform it.

When it is time to reseal you can actually do it yourself. There are penetrating sealants you can just spray on. Just be sure to read the directions and use one that is safe for food preparation areas if you are doing a countertop.

Marble

Clean

Cleaning marble is fairly easy but the surface dictates how you clean it. For the standard Gloss surface you can use a nonabrasive soap or foam cleaner and a soft cloth. If it is a Matte finish use a detergent or household cleaner.

For any surface type use something that is ph neutral, meaning non-alkaline and non-acidic. In other words, Don’t use bleach or anything with any kind of acid. Lemon fresh might be great for wood but don’t use it on marble. And remember, you probably can’t go wrong with a cleaner made for marble. Especially if you get rust or mineral stains.

The same sorts of stain removing products for granite also exist for marble. For something really tough you can use an automotive polishing or buffing compund on a Gloss finish. For a Matte finish you can use a Scotch-Grite pad.

Seal

You should seal marble periodically. To be safe, lighter colors might go six months and darker colors can go longer. Up to a year. Of course, much depends on the application. Heavily used surfaces should be sealed more often then purely decorative ones. The intervals above are very conservative ones. The process is basically the same as granite. Get a good penetrating sealer and follow the directions.

Man Made Surfaces (Silestone, Cambria, CaesarStone)

Clean

You can clean these surfaces with most any household cleaner. But do use common sense. Oven cleaner is out. Otherwise, any mild household cleaner will do. If you run into a tougher srain you can use a non-scratch Scotch-Brite pad.

Seal

Sealing is not required.

Glassos

Clean

A mild detergent or any good glass cleaner is all you need.

Seal

Sealing is not required.

Santa Margherita

Clean

Santa Margherita depends on what base material you have. It comes in either marble or quartz. Quartz is simple. Care is much like “Man Made Surfaces” above. Marble takes extra care. The best bet for a marble base is to read the section on marble above. For either one just remember that you probably can’t go wrong with a mild soap.

Seal

If your Santa Margherita surface is marble based take a look at the marble section above.
It is probably best to seal it once a year.

Soapstone

Clean

Any good kitchen or bath cleaner will do. Soapstone is not particular. Best to use a
non-abrasive cleaner.

Seal

Sealing is not required.

Note:
Most people oil the stone to give it a richer look. A harsh cleaner may remove the oil.
This is not a problem though. Just reapply the oil. A little oil will also make minor
scratches disappear. For deeper scratches you can sand them out using progressively finer
sand paper.

If all else fails then there are professional grade products and techniques
that are best left to a professional cleaner.

Resources

The local home store carries a pretty good selection for most needs.
On the Internet visit stonecare.com

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