Your kitchen countertops contribute a lot to the overall aesthetic and functionality of your kitchen, so taking good care of them is essential. Here at The Gallery of Stone, we provide exceptional stone countertops that can elevate any kitchen, and we wanted to take some time to outline a few key maintenance tips for our clients.
Read on to discover four tips for keeping your kitchen countertops looking amazing for years to come.
- Select your cleaners wisely. It’s tempting to spray everything down with any old cleaner and call it a day, but your choice of cleaning solution can affect how long your countertops will last. Harsh chemicals can cause etching, pitting, and discoloration over time, so instead of reaching for bleach or ammonia-based cleaners, opt for a pH-neutral option. Better yet, choose cleaners specially formulated for your specific type of stone, like granite cleaner.
- Handle spills promptly. Kitchen countertops are bound to get messy, but that doesn’t mean you should let those spills linger. Make sure you’re cleaning up spills, especially those with a high stain risk, such as coffee, wine, tomato-based sauces, and grease as soon as possible.
- Stick to a maintenance schedule. Most stone countertops require sealing before you can use them, and after that, they need to be resealed on a regular basis. Talk with your countertop installation professional about the best schedule for resealing and be sure to stick to their recommendations.
- Take preventative measures.Many people think that because stone is so durable, it can handle extreme stress. While certain kitchen countertops can withstand high heat from pans and cookware, not all stone countertops have that same level of heat resistance. Make sure you’re using kitchen equipment like trivets to protect your non-granite countertops from heat damage and cutting boards to prevent scratching and chipping.