How to Clean Natural Stone
Properly caring for stone – whether natural or manufactured – can help to protect them and extend their useful life in your kitchen, bathrooms, or other areas. It’s essential to understand what they need in order to look their best and hold the same value as when new. So, if you’re wondering how to clean granite, which is the best quartz countertop cleaner, or how to care for any other stone surface, Pebbles Stone Slabs has you covered with a helpful guide that will enable you to get the most out of your stylish new investment.
How to Clean Granite
Granite is 100% natural and doesn’t have any sort of applied finish (besides your regularly applied sealant). Granite slabs are polished to a high level to showcase their unique patterns, but there are still a few ways that you can damage their look. Using harsh cleaners such as vinegar, lemon juice, or foaming products can dull the polished surfaces and make them appear faded or deteriorated. Instead, use a commercial stone poultice or make your own at home using baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. This will form a thick paste that is safe for highly polished areas and can help to remove stains from food items such as red wine, cherries, or beets.
How to Clean Limestone
Even though stains from dark-colored or acidic foods may tempt you, harsh and acidic cleaners can damage your limestone countertops and should always be avoided. To remove stains from red wine, black tea, coffee, or other dark substances, create a paste using baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Spread the paste across the stain and cover it for 24 hours before wiping it away. Be sure that you never apply high heat to your limestone countertops – excessive heat can burn or scorch the stone and ruin the surface. If you find small scratches on your countertops, you can typically buff them out using fine steel wool. Just make sure to reseal after you buff to protect from stains.
How to Clean Marble
Marble should be resealed multiple times each year to combat staining, which will make cleaning easier as well. You should not use vinegar, glass cleaners that contain ammonia, or any harsh cleaners as they can damage the look of the stone. If a spill occurs, clean it up promptly to ensure that it can’t stain the surface. If it does create a stain, use a blend of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to create a paste that will remove them. For scratches, you can purchase a marble polishing powder that will bring your countertops back to their proper condition.
How to Clean Quartz
Just about any quartz countertop cleaner will do, as quartz doesn’t require any sealing or advanced protection. Quartz countertops are manufactured using around 93% stone and 7% epoxy-based resins, so they are non-porous and for the most part, won’t stain. You should still avoid using any ink directly on the surface, however, and stay away from abrasive scouring pads – a simple quartz countertop cleaner is all you need.
How to Clean Soapstone
Soapstone can be cleaned with a regular household cleaner but avoid using any rough pads or abrasive cleaners. Soapstone will not stain, so cleaning is simple and easy as long as it’s done regularly. If you notice any chips or scratches, mineral oil is a great option for disguising them.
Pebbles Stone Slabs Is Here to Help
Pebbles Stone Slabs is always available to support you throughout your journey into the natural stone world, and we’ll be happy to answer any questions that you have regarding the maintenance of natural stone countertops and upkeep. Contact us today at (720) 405-2000 to have your questions answered.