Care & Qualities of Stone Countertops


Based on info provided by Pebo Stones Corp.

1. Marble, granite, slate and limestone are products of nature and as such, may have small cracks, blemishes, voids, variations in colour, veining, pitting and/or surface textures, which are inherent properties and are not considered defects.

2. Most natural stones, regardless of finish, have a natural absorption factor which will allow most staining agents (coffee, wine, juice, ink, etc.) to penetrate. Countertops should be sealed at time of installation and then re-sealed periodically during their lifetime.

3. Sealing does not make the countertop entirely impervious to stain, but rather provides a temporary barrier to stains. Spills should be wiped up immediately to prevent staining.

4. Do not use any abrasive cleaners, solvents, waxes or polishes that contain colour agents, oils, turpentine, leaded gasoline or kerosene. Do not use cleaning solutions such as sulfuric acids, acidic or alkaline cleaners.

5. Stone counters should be cleaned using a clean cloth with clean water mixed with light detergent.

posted 13 Jun 09 in: Articles, Stone, Tip Sheets