Stone Maintenance Tips

How to take care of your Granite, Quartz and Marble Countertops

Perform daily maintenance

Clean your granite worktop with warm soapy water using a soft cloth. Rinse the surface thoroughly with clean water and polish with a soft cloth. If you spill something on your counter top, blot with a paper towel or soft cloth immediately. So do not wipe the area as this can spread the spill. Flush the spill with warm water and detergent and rinse thoroughly. Dry the area with a soft cloth. Properly sealed stone will repel most stains if the spills are cleaned promptly.

Do heavy duty cleaning

When stone has been neglected, you will need to use a heavy-duty stone and degreaser to effectively remove dirt, grease, and grime. These products are concentrated and designed to deep clean without damaging the stone. It's important to follow manufactures instructions carefully.

When to use a Stone Sealer?

Most manufacturers seal the stone at the factory. Some of them don’t do it at all, which is a bad practice. The sealant product should protect the stone for about a year depends on the stone colour and porousness. Once properly sealed, the stone will be resistant to water, and most of the oil or fat based stains type. However if you own a bright colour Granite or Marble you should take extra care and wipe away any spillage immediately as it might stain the surface anyway. When sealing your counter always refer to specific manufacturer instructions. If you don’t feel too confident about sealing your Granite or Marble you can contact us to discuss your options.

For artificial Quartz countertops such as Silestone, Caesarstone, Cambria or Vicostone we recommend Quartz Toner which will enhance and improve the appearance and colour of Quartz surfaces. Quartz Toner is a new colour enhancer and water repellent agent specifically designed for Quartz stones. An application of Quartz Toner will give a deep and rich improvement to the appearance of the surface.

Avoid prolonged exposure to temperature extremes

Hot cooking pots will not damage the surface, however extreme or constant temperature changes may harm your stone. Avoid leaving hot pans sitting on the counter for long periods of time, especially during the winter.

Keep your stone surface clean at all time

This way you will avoid any spillage, dirt or grease getting into the structure of your stone worktop.

Do not stand on your stone counter tops

Be aware that creating uneven pressure on your stone countertop might crack it.

Always use a chopping board

While Granite and Quartz are highly scratch-resistant, we recommend you to not cut on it directly. Please note that using a Granite surface as a chopping board will also damage your knifes. In case of Marble worktops the chopping board is a must. Please use wooden or plastic chopping board.

Restore your granite every few years

Every few years, hire a professional to come in and restore your granite countertop. They will polish, deep clean and seal your worktop. Also repair it if necessary. This is essential for making your granite countertop last a lifetime.

Notice on upgrading your existing stone

Please be advised that in projects requiring renovating, modernising or upgrading your fireplace, kitchen worktop etc. with adding the new or extra stone pieces we will do whatever we can to match the stone colour to your existing pieces as close as possible. But please be aware that each slab of natural stone is unique so the new pieces might differ in shade or pattern due to the place of origin, different batch, stone age etc. Therefore we cannot guarantee an identical match. But we will always ask for your approval before commencing the required works and present you with stone samples or, in some cases, the pictures of the available stone slab.