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Maintaining Stone Countertops

It takes millions of years to form natural stone like granite, travertine, marble or slate. And it also takes a special kind of maintenance to keep them looking exquisite.

To prevent damage to your countertops, here are some quick tips:

  • Once fabricated, stone countertops become exposed to the environment.
  • You must properly maintain the stone to protect against staining, etching or deterioration.
  • Use a neutral stone cleaner available at most stone centers or hire a professional stone maintenance company. buy a daily use cleaner. You'll also need a heavy duty cleaner for quarterly or semi-annual cleaning.
  • Remove termite temptations. Since termites like wood, remove any buried stumps, logs, fencing or roots from near your home.
  • Avoid exposing them to acidic foods or drinks such as juices, coffee or soda. These beverages can cause etching and staining.
  • Countertops should be resealed and polished every 2 to 3 years.
  • Pour a small amount of water on the countertop. If the water beads up as it would on a freshly waxed car, the countertop does not need resealing at this time. If the water lays flat on the countertop, it's time to be resealed. The granite/polymer resurfaced countertops do not need to be resealed ever and you can even put a hot pan from the stove directly on top of them without fear of damage, according to the manufacturer.

Quick Links to May Issue

May, 2006 Tips Overview
Countertop Colors and Styles
No Demolition Countertops
Maintaining Natural Stone Countertops
Stamp Out House Smells
What Causes House Odors
Stop Luring Termites
New Tips That Will Floor You
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