These are Springs Granite Care and Maintenance Guidelines. Be it granite, marble, or other stones, observance of this Care & Maintenance Guide will help your natural stone countertops last for decades.

Sealing Stone

All natural stone is porous and should be sealed before use. Springs Granite seals all stones during installation, although you may find that you will need to reseal your countertops in the future. One way to test your stone countertops to see if they need an additional coat is to apply a few drops of water to the surface. If the water beads on the surface and doesn’t absorb at all, your countertop does not need an additional coat. If the water is absorbed by the stone within a few minutes, it needs an additional coat of sealer. Applying sealer in most cases is quite simple, does not require any special tools, and can be completed in a few minutes. If your countertops require an application of sealer, here are a few of our recommended products.

Ager

 

Tenax Ager

*Color Enhancing Sealer

*Our Personal Choice of Sealer

*Oil/Solvent Based

*Indoor/Outdoor Use

$34.99 / .25 Liter Container

 

 

 

 

Proseal

 

Tenax Proseal

*Natural Look Sealer

*Lasts up to 15 years!

*Solvent Based

*Indoor/Outdoor Use

$34.99 / .25 Liter Container

 

 

 

Glydex

 

Tenax Glydex

*Natural Look Sealer

*Water Based

*VOC Free

*For use with all stone types

$39.99 / 1 Quart Container

 

 

 

 

Cleaning

Natural stone (granite, marble, onyx, limestone, etc.) needs to be cleaned regularly to maintain its natural sheen and vitality. It is recommended that you use a specialty cleaning agent made especially for natural stone. These specialty cleaning agents will remove oil, residue, and help clean up everyday spills.

LUSTROCLEAN-2T

 

Lustro Italiano Stone Cleaner

*Spray nozzle bottle

*No harsh detergents

*Will not shorten the life of your stone sealer.

*For use with all stone types

$24.99 / 32 Fl.Oz. Container

 

 

 

LUSTROPOL-2T

 

Lustro Italiano Stone Polish

*Aerosol Spray Can

*Will not shorten the life of your stone sealer.

*For use with all stone types.

$24.99 / 11 Fl.Oz. Container

 

 

 

 

 

Additional Care & Maintenance Guidelines

Do’s

  • Clean stone surfaces with a few drops of non-acidic soap scum remover, a mild liquid dishwashing detergent or denatured alcohol.
  • Thoroughly rinse and dry the surface after washing.
  • Use coasters under cups and drinking glasses.
  • Place heat-resistant mats under hot appliances, dishes, or china.
  • Blot liquid spills immediately. Don’t wipe the area, this will spread the spill.
  • Regularly dust countertops, islands and vanities.
  • Regularly clean stone surfaces with warm water and a soft cloth.

Don’ts

  • Do not use products that contain lemon, vinegar or other acid content that may etch the surface. This includes bathroom/tile cleaners. We also recommend avoiding bleach based products.
  • Do not use abrasive cleaners such as dry cleaners or soft cleansers.
  • Do not pour solvents, such as acetone, directly on granite. This may remove your sealer and you will require an additional coat.
  • Frequent or over-use of soap scum remover could result in dulling the surface of the stone.
  • Do not place irregular or excessive weight on your stone countertops.
  • Do not use the stone countertop as a cutting board. This may scratch the stone.

 

Spills and Stains

In the event of a spill, do the following:

1. Blot the spill with a paper towel immediately. Don’t wipe the area, this will spread the spill.

2. Flush the area with plain water and mild soap and rinse several times.

3. Dry the area thoroughly with a soft cloth. Repeat as necessary.

 

Granite Specific Care

Granite has an extremely high melting point so it is very resistant to differences in hot and cold. You can place a hot pan on the surface of the stone without damaging the stone. Placing a hot glass dish directly on the surface of the stone may cause the glass to crack.

 

Engineered Stone Specific Care

Engineered Stone is relatively low maintenance and each brand of Engineered stone has their own care and maintenance guidelines. Engineered stone has a lower melting point than granite and hot pots and pans should not be placed directly onto the stone surface. Care should also be taken not to scratch the surface as it is difficult to impossible to repair scratches without dulling the original shine. There are specific sealers that can be purchased for engineered stones, however their necessity is debated. Engineered stone is more prone to fading due to the sun, so a sealer with a uv protectant is recommended.

 

Marble Specific Care

Marble is the most difficult type of stone to take care of. It is softer and much more porous than granite or an engineered stone. Springs Granite applies a porous stone sealer during installation, and we recommend resealing marble countertops annually. It is important to clean up any acidic spills immediately because any type of acid will etch the stone. Also marble is much easier to scratch so we would recommend always using potholders, coasters, and never cutting directly on the surface. Marble can be refinished by a stone professional in the event of staining or scratching.

 

Our Complete Care & Maintenance Guidelines

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