Prior to installation, your natural stone countertops were soaked with a penetrating sealer. Our countertop care specialists recommend sealing once a year to prevent stains and bacteria absorption. Time for your countertops to be cleaned and resealed? Absolute Stone is happy to provide this service in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary, NC and across the Triangle.
Our professional countertop cleaning and resealing service only takes about an hour. Contact Absolute Stone today to schedule an appointment! To ensure your countertops maintain their beauty for years to come, ask us about our 15-year anti-stain treatment warranty.
Caring for natural stone countertops
Our natural stone countertops are made of very hard minerals, but are naturally porous and therefore require special care. While stains are rare, they are caused most frequently by vinegar, wine, cooking oil and citric acids such as lemon or grapefruit juice. Avoid storing bottles of these products directly on your countertop, and if a spill occurs, wipe the effected area clean. As rust can also stain natural stone, avoid storing metal pots and pans on your countertops.
Remember that the sealing treatment does not make your countertops waterproof. It is normal for them to darken when wet - the original color will return after the water has evaporated.
If your natural stone countertops need cleaning, use dish soap and water or products that are specifically designed for cleaning natural stone. Do not use any cleaners that contain bleach or have a gritty texture.
Avoiding countertop scratches
While your stone countertops are hard, they may be scratched by diamond rings and other minerals that are the same hardness or harder than the material they are composed of. Granite, for example, is a quartz-based material and may be scratched by quartz or anything harder.
Most of our natural stone countertops will not be scratched by knives, but it is not recommended to cut on your countertops as the knives will dull very quickly. Other materials that may scratch your countertops include pizza stones, marble cutting boards and some stone cookware.
Avoiding chipping your countertops
Depending on the natural stone countertops you have installed, chips may or may not be a concern. Chips in granite are not common, however, limestone and marble may be more susceptible to chips. Chips are most often a result of banging heavy pots or pans into the edge of the countertop. If a chip does occur, try to save the piece that chipped out. It is often possible to repair the chip with the original piece.
Located at 151 Towerview Court in Cary, the Absolute Stone showroom is convenient to Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Wake Forest, Clayton, Garner and Fuquay-Varina. Absolute Stone is also proud to serve all of eastern NC, including Goldsboro, Greenville, Henderson and Wilson.