There are likely many important natural stone surfaces in your home, including kitchen and bathroom countertops. While these surfaces are built and fabricated to withstand daily use such as regular cleaning, food preparation, and stain removal, they are prone to damage if not correctly used. A natural stone finish is durable, but certain activities in your home may be ruining them.
The best way to take great care of your natural stone surfaces is to practice proper cleaning and maintenance. Though natural stone is pretty low maintenance, it will need some regular cleaning. You also want to be sure that you are using the correct cleaning products and processes on your natural stone finish.
Need some help making sure that you aren’t accidentally damaging your beautiful natural stone? Here are some tips!
Hot pans and pots
Stone surfaces such as quartz and granite can withstand high temperatures. You probably chose these materials as they save you the hassle of looking for a place-mat for your hot pan after baking or cooking. Even though these materials can handle the heat, they can become discolored or can crack due to constant interaction with high temperatures. Ensure that you use barriers such as potholders and trivets to avoid permanently damaging your natural stone surfaces.
Chopping, slicing, and cutting
It is common for people to dice, cut, slice, or chop things directly on natural stone surfaces made of quartzite, marble, or granite. While these materials are long-lasting and durable, they are prone to scratches that can disrupt the sealant meant to protect against water damage. Dicing, chopping, slicing, and cutting on hard surfaces can also damage your knives.
Buildup of water
Many people falsely believe that their natural stone surfaces are not susceptible to water damage if they are sealed right. Sealants prevent water from seeping into cracks and also prevent stains. Allowing water to spill on your counter-tops continuously and build up on the surface increases the chances of damage. Always wipe off your countertops after use rather than allowing the water to evaporate, which can cause the formation of white, crusty stains.
Some natural stone surfaces are made of calcium carbonate, a chemical base that reacts with acids. Wine, vinegar, lime juice, lemon juice, orange juice, and tomato sauce are all acidic and can cause your stone surfaces to stain or scar. Leaving acidic products on stone surfaces for too long can cause natural discoloration. Ensure that you clean your countertops in the right way and with the recommended materials.
It is so important to take proper care of your natural stone finish in your home. They are an investment and you want to be sure that you are making them last a lifetime. Keep their beauty and durability in check with proper care and maintenance and make sure you are not doing anything that could potentially damage your countertops without you knowing it.
If you need some help with the care or maintenance of your natural stone surfaces, give us a call at Firenze International today! We can help you pick out all the right products to keep your natural stone as beautiful as the day you got it installed!