Care & Maintenance
Congratulations! You now have Granite, Marble or another Natural Stone installed in your home and you’re excited! Now come your questions... How do I clean it? Does it need to be sealed? What about regular cleaners - can I still use them?
Caring for your Granite Product
Clean the countertop daily with a soft white cloth and a neutral cleaner or household detergent such as Dove. Household cleaning products including Windex, Lysol Disinfectant and 409 can be used, but may leave a film. A solution of vinegar and water works great to remove streaking, smudges, and body oil.
Granite countertops are generally sealed at the time of fabrication. Resealing is up to the individual. Manufacturers of impregnators recommend countertops to be resealed from 1 to every 4 years, or longer, depending on the application, the sensitivity of the individual, and the type of stone. Granite impregnators, cleaners and disinfectants are available at our office or can be ordered from us.
Spills should be wiped up immediately. Blot the spill with a clean paper towel. If the countertop stains, a poultice may need to be applied. See the Stain Removal guidelines that follow. Use the flat side of a razor blade for removing stuck on tape residue, dried paint, glue, dried food, etc.
Use #0000 or finer steel wool to remove dried water spots, smudges, hazy areas, and for general cleaning to bring out the shine. Do not use the steel wool wet. Use a pencil eraser to remove aluminum trails.
Do not use acid-based cleaners such as rust removers, sterling silver cleaners, etc., on the countertop, or place rags saturated with acid based cleaners on the countertop.
Do not use any cleaners containing Hydroflouric Acid.
Do not use strong abrasive cleaners such as Comet or SoftScrub.
Do not leave spills on the countertop for prolonged periods of time.
We have granite countertops in our kitchen and love them. They really don’t take a lot of care. The first thing we did when they were installed was to wipe on a solvent-based sealer called an “impregnator” with a soft cloth. I put on one coat, then waited a day before applying a second coat. You’ll probably hear various stories about how long this stuff lasts, but in our house we find it’s good for about two years.
Just so you know, a sealer won’t make the stone stainproof. It just gives you extra time to clean up whatever you do spill on the countertop. Acidic foods are the worst offenders. Don’t use any acidic cleaning products, either, such as a vinegar-based window cleaner. We just wipe up a spill — no matter what it is — with a wet sponge right away, and our countertops look great.
Stone, Granite And Marble Care
Stone Care Tips
Stone, Granite and Marble care isn't any more difficult than other materials you're familiar with such as leather, formica, wood, etc. The difference is mainly in the cleaning agents.
Natural Stones, especially calcite based stones such as Marble, Travertine, Onyx, and Limestone, have a delicate chemical composition. Cleaning solutions not formulated for Natural Stone may interact negatively with your stone and cause damage. Follow our basic Do's and Don'ts to preserve the beauty of your Natural Stone.
- Use floor mats or rugs for areas with direct access to the outside.
- Clean or shake your mats often.
- Dust mop your floor frequently. Sand, dirt, and grit are the biggest enemy to stone floors.
- Buy the appropriate tools such as a good sized closed loop cotton string mop and a professional type mop bucket with a ringer.
- Mop with a stone friendly Floor Cleaner, as opposed to soap and water to reduce soap film buildup.
- Apply a stone polish as soon as possible after installation or restoration to keep that shine. (Not necessary to do right away if you have had your floor detailed by a professional.)
- Damp mop your floor regularly.
- Damp mop your floor with vinegar, lemon juice, or other cleaners containing acids on Marble, Travertine, Limestone, or Onyx surfaces. This can seriously damage your stone.
- Damp mop your floor with a commercially available cleaner unless it indicates it's SAFE for your Granite and Marble care.
- Use a vacuum cleaner with worn or missing wheels.
- Clean your kitchen countertop regularly with a safe Marble and Granite cleaner. If you use our MB-5 Marble, Granite and More Spray Cleaner for your Granite and Marble care, use it full strength near your cooking and eating areas.
- If you have a calcite based stone such as Marble, Limestone, Onyx, or Travertine installed, use coasters under all glasses.
- Take care to clean spills by blotting them as soon as you can.
- If needed, apply a Penetrating Sealer that is safe for use in food preparation areas.
- Use products that contain lemon, vinegar, or other acids on Marble, Limestone, Onyx, or Travertine.
- Use scouring powders or creams.
- Use more cleanser than recommended.
- Clean your bathroom vanity top regularly with a Marble and
Granite Cleaner intended for Natural Stone. If you use MB-5 Marble, Granite and More Spray Cleaner for your Granite and Marble care, use it in a proportion of 2:1 with tap water (2 of water and 1 of
- Clean your mirrors with the same solution of water and MB-5.
- Apply a penetrating sealer if needed.
- Clean Marble, Travertine, Limestone, or Onyx Surfaces with vinegar, lemon juice, or other cleaners containing acids.
- Use bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners, or tub and tile cleaners that contain acids.
- Clean with dry or soft cleansers that contain abrasive.
- Clean your vanity mirror with a household cleaner if it's above a Natural Stone vanity.
- Use any powder cleaner, or any cream cleaner, such as Soft Scrub®.
- Paint your nails on your Marble vanity top, or perm your hair anywhere near it.
- Put any wet bottle, such as perfume and after shave, on top of a Marble vanity.
- Minimize soap scum by using a squeegee after each use.
- Always Remove Soap Scum with a product intended for Marble or Granite.
- Monitor your grout and caulk lines periodically and address any problems immediately.
- Use just any cleanser, either in a powdery or creamy form.
- Frequently use ammonia solutions. Your surface will dull over time.
- Clean your Granite or Marble shower walls with any generic soap film removers, such as TI-LEX SOAP SCUM® or X-14 SOAP SCUM®.
- Use any generic mildew stain removers such as TILEX MILDEW STAIN REMOVER® or X-14 MILDEW STAIN REMOVER® on your polished stone shower wall.
- Scrub with any magic self-cleaner such as Scrub Free® or any harsh disinfectant such as Lysol®.