What Should I Use to Clean my Stone Countertops?

Not all kitchen countertops are the same and not all should be cleaned using the same product. Depending on the type of stone you have in your home you will want to make sure you are using the correct product, if not, your stone could be greatly affected. Stone countertops need minimal of maintenance to maintain their beauty and longevity. However, If your stone countertops are not properly cared for you can stain, or worse, ruin your countertops. Below we have listed the best products to use for either Granite, Quartz or Marble:

Granite

   Granite is a very durable stone, but it is still porous by nature. The first thing you want to make sure of with your granite countertops is that they are sealed. Sealing your stone can help with the cleaning process and also prevent unwanted stains. When cleaning your granite do not use acidic cleaners, “glass cleaners”, or products that contain ammonia, bleach or citric acids. Over time these cleaners can dull your sealant leaving it vulnerable to stains. Granite countertops are relatively easy to clean as all you need is warm water and a gentle dish soap. Wiping down with a wet washcloth works best to not wear away your stones sealant.

Marble

   Unlike other stones, Marble is very a sensitive countertop. It is prone to react with anything acidic due to its calcium carbonate makeup. This means that your countertop is more susceptible to “etching” or dull spots that are created by acid stains on your countertops. Marble countertops are given a bad reputation due to these “etches” but that does not make them impossible to clean. Now, when it comes to cleaning this stone you can not use natural cleaners that contain acidic solutions. You also should not be using rough cleaning pads because marble can be scratched. Other than those two items there is no secret item when it comes to cleaning marble. All you need is a mild soap and warm water. Ideally, you should be cleaning your marble with either a soft cloth or a sponge.

Quartz

Quartz countertops have a great reputation. They are perfect for even the busiest kitchens and are arguably the most durable stone. Quartz countertops dense and nonporous nature increasing their scratch and stain resistant making them a perfect stone for family kitchens. But, with this being said, this does not guarantee that the stone is chip-proof or that it cannot be damaged by force. Just like other stones, the best cleaning remedy is just dish soap and a gentle cloth. Even though quartz is a tough stone gently cleaning them can maintain their longevity and keep their beauty.

There are many products on the market that boast they are the best cleaner for your kitchen surfaces, but in the end, nothing beats just a gentle dish soap. A dish soap can clean your surfaces while doing no harm to the sealant on granite surfaces, it does not leave etches on marble surfaces and it maintains durability on quartz. If you feel your surfaces are not being cleaned after using a gentle dish soap, contact Planet Stone. We can help direct you to the right product if you feel your cleaning regimen needs a boost. NEVER assume a product is right for your surface, it could end up costing you your stone countertops if the right product is not used.