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How to keep my granite & marble tops clean

The easiest way to keep your stone looking great is to avoid bad habits that may damage it.  Granite, marble, travertine, limestone, soapstone, quartz and solid surface are similar in many ways, but their differences require varying degrees of maintenance.  However, if you use the granite counter top care and cleaning procedures that follow for all your countertops, no matter what type of stone or surface . . . you’ll eliminate most potential problems without ever having to think too hard about it or worry that you may be causing damage.

1. Clean up any spills immediately.

Acidic substances like wine, coffee, fruit juices, tomato sauce and sodas will not etch granite countertops like they do marble, but they could still stain the granite or marble surface. Cooking oil may also leave a stain if not wiped up.

2. Clean any stone (marble, granite, limestone) surfaces using a sponge or soft cloth.

Using a specially formulated stone cleaner is recommended to keep your kitchen or bathroom tops in the best condition. Hot water will do for quick clean-ups. Dish soap won’t permanently damage your granite, but repeated use of soap will cause build-up (yes, even if you rinse) and dull your countertops shine. So, using dish soap for regular granite counter top care is not recommended.

3. Use coasters under all glasses, bottles and cans.

Again, granite won’t etch and using coasters on dense and/or properly sealed granite is not an absolute necessity like with marble, but using coasters is just a good practice to protect all granite surfaces.

4. Use trivets and hot pads under pots & pans.

Yes, you can take a hot pot off the stove and put it right on granite countertops without any problems. It is possible for granite (or any stone or quartz) to suffer “thermal shock” and crack, but rare. You don’t really want to put hot pans on any other surface. But you must consider other issues as well.

Grit that gets trapped between the pot and the countertop surface may scratch the surface, even granite countertops. Granite is very hard and can take tons of abuse without any significant damage, but it can develop light surface scratches or pitting in high-use areas around the sink and cooktop. It is not common, but it is possible. And ALL other surfaces are softer that granite.  Better safe than sorry. If it does happen, don’t fret too much. Most chips and scratches can be repaired, but it’s best to avoid them by following the granite
counter top care tips.  Also, once you remove the hot pan from the kitchen countertop the surface will be very hot and may burn.

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