Care & Cleaning
for Stone Countertops
With just a little extra care, your stone countertops should look beautiful for years of dinners and family gatherings. You've invested in quality stone surfaces in your home; so invest some time into protecting them.
There are three basic ways to care for your stone counters and vanities: protection, maintenance, and repairs.
Protection: Some stone types should be sealed upon installation. Ask your fabricator about the porosity of your stone, and what type of sealer (if any) they typically recommend. Engineered materials may not require sealer at all.
Maintenance: Do some research, and find out what types of cleaning solution are recommended for your specific stone. And as always, partner with your fabricator to fully understand how susceptible your particular stone is to staining, as not all granites or marbles behave in exactly the same way. With any stone, it's essential to clean up spills quickly to avoid the risk of staining.
Repairs: Even with the best care, chips and stains do happen. If basic cleaning doesn't resolve the issue, contact a trusted stone fabricator to take a look at the blemish. Any qualified stone professional will be able to advise you on how the issue should be repaired.
Take a look at our guidelines below for detailed care and maintenance of specific stone types.
Granite is one of the most all-around durable stones.
Granite can be cleaned with warm water, a soft cloth, and mild soap. Granite is low-maintenance and rarely requires re-sealing.
To get that high-gloss shine everyone loves without the elbow grease, order a few cans of our Granite Cleaner!
Quartzite is a natural stone that rivals granite in its hardness and durability.
Quartzite is easy to care for. Simply clean spills with warm water, a soft sponge, and a bit of soap if needed.
Quartzite countertops should be sealed to protect them from everyday spills.
Marble is a soft stone, and is more vulnerable to etching. This means homeowners should be careful about protecting their marble surfaces from acidic liquids. Be sure to use mild cleaners that don't have any citrus or harsh ingredients that could harm your marble.
If you're concerned about your marble etching in high-use areas of the home, ask us about honed options, which are less likely to reveal etching from daily use.
Made of quartz and binding resins, engineered quartz is durable, easy to care for, and available in a wide array of colors.
Clean engineered quartz with water, a soft cloth, and soap. Clean honed quartz with Simple Green Heavy Duty and a soft cloth.
Engineered quartz is susceptible to heat, so be sure to use a trivet under hot pans.