Care & Maintenance

The new granite in your home is extremely beautiful, durable, and easy to keep looking that way if certain guidelines are followed. The requirements of caring for a granite countertop are simple and include good judgment on the part of the homeowner.

Caution!

Do not, under any circumstances, mix bleach and ammmonia. This combination creates a toxic and lethat gas. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and exercise proper care when handling and storing any products or chemicals.

Care, Cleaning & Maintenance

General Care

In general, all that is required to maintain the appearance of your polished granite is to wash it frequently with lukewarm, clean water, then wipe with clean, soft cloths of cotton-flannel and allow to thoroughly air dry. Final cleaning may be done using denatured alcohol (rubbing alcohol) and clean water mixed at ratio of 50/50 in a spray bottle. Simply spray this mixture on the top and wipe dry with clean, soft cloths of cotton-flannel. This will help eliminate any soap buildup and/or streaking.

Surface and penetrating sealers are preventive measures that provide extra protection to the stone. Following these nominal care and cleaning procedures should ensure that your stone would remain beautiful for many years to come.

Cleaning

GENERAL – Abrasive cleaners should NOT be used under any circumstances. If it is necessary to use a cleaner, use a neutral (pH-7) not-fat, mild detergent without additives or fragrances.

Surface Spots

Most surface spots can be removed by first scraping the area with a single edged razor blade followed by buffing with dry steel wool.

Staining

A sealer should be applied to your granite countertop at time of installation. This sealer will need to be reapplied every 2-5 years depending on the type of sealer, the frequency of cleaning, and the cleaners used. There is nothing inherent in the stone that will cause stains. Stains are always from exterior causes and usually are organic, oil, or rust related. Identifying the cause is the key to removing it.

Stain Removal

Surface stains can often be removed by cleaning with an appropriate cleaning product or household chemical. Identifying the type of stain is the key to removing it. Look for color, shape, and environmental factors that could be causing the staining. For help in identifying type of stain and for removal techniques, please refer to the following suggestions in the section below.

Types of Stains & First Step Cleaning Actions

Oil-based (includes grease, tar, cooking oil, milk, cosmetics, etc.)

An oil-based stain will darken the stone and normally must be chemically dissolved so the source of the stain can be flushed or rinsed away. Clean gently with a soft, liquid cleanser with bleach or ammonia or mineral spirits or acetone. Organic (includes coffee, tea, fruit, tobacco, paper, food, urine, leaves, bark, bird droppings, etc.):
May course a pinkish-brown stain and may disappear after the source of the stain has been removed. Clean with 12% hydrogen peroxide and a few drops of ammonia.

Metal (includes iron, rust, copper, bronze, etc.)

Iron or rust stains are orange to brown in color and follow the shape of the staining object such as nails, bolts, screws, cans, flower pots, etc. Metal stains must be removed using a poultice and are extremely difficult to remove. It is best to contact your stone fabricator for specific instructions.

Ink

Clean with bleach or hydrogen peroxide for light colored stone. Use lacquer thinner or acetone for dark colored stones.

Paint

Small amounts can be removed with lacquer thinner or by scraping with a single edge razor blade.

Second Step Cleaning Actions

Tough stains may require a poultice.

  • Prepare the poultice, white paper towels soaked in the appropriate cleaner (see above) and drained (no liquid dripping).
  • Wet the stained area with distilled water.
  • Apply the poultice to the stained area extending the poultice beyond the stained area about 1”.
  • Cover the poultice with plastic and tape the edges to seal it.
  • Allow the poultice to dry thoroughly, usually about 24 to 48 hours. The drying process pulls the stain out of the stone and into the poultice material.
  • Remove the poultice from the stain, rinse with distilled water and buff dry with a soft cloth.

Repeat the poultice application if the stain is not fully removed. It may take up to five applications for a difficult stain.

If none of the above methods are successful (remember some staining is impossible to completely remove), contact your stone fabricator.

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