Most natural stones require the application of a sealant or polish twice a year. The only one that requires a different kind of care is Soapstone. Soapstone’s natural oxidization causes it to darken over time. To keep that from happening, apply a layer of mineral oil.
Choose a high-quality sealant and ensure adequate ventilation before applying. Use a microfiber cloth and follow the directions on your product. Usually, they come in a spray bottle, so spritz it evenly along your countertop and use the microfiber to ensure an even application.
First, wipe your countertop clean. Dry thoroughly. Make sure that your chosen polish is appropriate for your countertop. Spray it on your countertop and follow the directions on your product for resting time. Use a microfiber cloth and work in circular motions to buff the polish into the countertop. With a lightly dampened cloth, wipe your countertop, and you’re done! (If your countertops have extensive damage and scratching, we recommend hiring a professional, who can use specialty tools to restore your natural stone to its original beauty.)
Use a damp cloth to wipe your natural stone clean. Avoid harsh cleaners and chemicals. You can apply olive oil to the surface once per week to keep your countertops shiny. Wipe thoroughly with a microfiber to prevent residue buildup.
Though natural stone resists most scratching, we suggest using cutting boards. Wipe up any acidic spills immediately.
If you happen to scratch your countertop, you can apply a small amount of mineral oil and use a fine sandpaper to gently buff the scratch. Wipe clean and use a marble polish to make the buffed area disappear!
If your natural stone happens to stain, which it sometimes does when the sealant breaks down, apply a paste of soap and water. Tape a sheet of plastic wrap over the paste and allow it to sit for 12 to 24 hours. Wipe clean and reapply sealer. (Note: Some stains require several applications, so don’t be discouraged if it doesn’t come up the first time.)
Use a mild soap and water to wipe your countertops clean. Since these are nonporous surfaces, you don’t have to worry about applying sealants or polishes. Some people try to polish their quartz countertops with marble polishes, but we don’t recommend that. Use window cleaner instead. It’ll restore your countertops to their pristine shine!
Don’t use abrasive or acidic cleaners. Please make sure that any cleaner you choose doesn’t have a vinegar base. Remove sticky residue with a plastic scraper.
A baking soda paste will remove stains. You can also cut a lemon in half and—using salt as a mild abrasive—use the lemon the scrub away the stain. The citric acid in the lemon serves as a fantastic stain remover. However, you want to wipe away the residue immediately because the acid will damage the countertop if left on it. Use water to ensure that it is removed completely.
We recommend using trivets or potholders to avoid heat damage. Also, use cutting boards to avoid scratches.
Proper care will ensure a lifetime of beauty