Every natural stone countertop material has unique characteristics, and they each require specific care and cleaning steps. Long-term maintenance relies on identifying the type of countertop that you have so that you can gain a thorough understanding of how to protect it.
One of the strongest natural stones is granite, so it is very commonly featured as household countertops. It's recommended to simplify the maintenance requirements by adding a coating of sealant every year. With this enhanced protection, cleaning each day can be completed with a simple wipe down of warm soapy water. Be sure to always use a soft cloth, always avoid exposure to harsh acids, and immediately clean any liquid spills.
The appeal of genuine marble is tough to mimic, but it is one of the less durable natural stones. Marble can etch when acidic substances are left on the surface, so always clean up spills quickly. Coasters and cutting boards are a smart precaution to avoid accidental damage in everyday situations. The stone can stain easily without sealant, but spot treatment is possible by applying a poultice paste over discoloration. Otherwise, clean regularly with a soft cloth that is dampened by a mild soap and water mixture.
Durability is one of the most appealing qualities of quartz countertops because they are reinforced with a binding polymer during the manufacturing process. The countertop is completely non-porous and never requires a sealant to add protection from spills. Harsh chemicals, extreme heat, and sharp objects can harm the surface so don't assume that it can withstand any conditions. Limit cleaning to a soft cloth that is dampened with warm water and a very mind cleanser.
Although the surface is beautiful, Travertine is a very porous countertop material option. The softness of this natural stone is very similar to marble, so maintenance does require dedication. Sealant is not going to completely prevent stains, but it should protect for long enough to clean a spill. Be sure to always blot liquids rather than rub them further into the cracks and crevices. A special stone cleaner is recommended for cleaning Travertine according to the type of surface finish.
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