Whether you just moved into a new place with stunning new counters, or you are upgrading your own space, you want to know how to keep those surfaces looking like new longer. At the Countertop Shop in Monclova, OH, we have pulled together a few quick tips to help you out. However, if you have any lingering questions, don’t hesitate to click or call for more pointers and solutions.
Sealing Your Granite and Maintaining its Shine
If you opted for granite or marble countertops, the stone is actually porous and can absorb stains and oils. It is recommended that you seal your stone counters at least once a year using a quality granite sealant. Follow the directions on the bottle, but the liquids let you spray, wipe, and let dry. The sealer will help maintain the polished appearance and resist dirt and stains. Just use water, mild detergent like dishwashing soap, and a soft cloth to wipe away any messes. Granite resists burns and scratches, so if you keep away the discoloration, it will look great for up to 20 years or more.
Simple Steps for Cleaning Quartz Countertops
Quartz counters are non-porous, which means they are just about the best at resisting stains. You won’t need to seal them, just use a mild detergent and non-abrasive cloths or sponges to clean up spills. The material will not crack due to heat, but burn marks are difficult to remove. Use a trivet underneath hot pots and pans to protect its surface. If you want to sanitize your quartz, use a non-bleach solution that is recommended for use on quartz.
Protecting Your Laminate from Chips and Burns
While laminatesare not quite as tough as granite, marble, or quartz, they are still plenty durable. You will never need to seal them and it only takes your usual non-abrasive kitchen cleaner and a soft cloth to maintain their like-new appearance. Put down a hot pad before transferring pots and pans onto laminate. Always break out your cutting board before using your knives as the laminate will show scratches and chips. If you take care, your laminate counters can last 10 to 20 years before they need to be replaced.
The Quirks of Soapstone
Unlike marble or granite, most soapstone countertops are not polished to a high shine. If you love the natural shades of this unique stone, you may not want to seal it. However, if left untreated it will darken over time, especially in areas that are constantly used as it absorbs the oils of your skin and foods. In this case, the choice is yours.
All of the materials we use at The Countertop Shop to create a long-lasting kitchen or bath renovation are intended to survive dropped knives, running kids, and the vagaries of home life. It only takes a few minutes each day to keep your countertop looking its best. Give us a call for an in-home consultation or visit our Monclova, OH showroom for more ideas and tips.