Home Maintenance Series – Caring for Stone Countertops

Here are 5 quick tips from an expert at maintaining stone counter top products. This can be useful information, especially if you are thinking about changing out counter tops as part of a kitchen or bath renovation.

Florence Perchuk – who’s been designing kitchens for 38 years – shares the secrets to caring for stone counter tops.

1. Spills Should Be Wiped Up Immediately

With her years of experience, Perchuk has seen stains from wine, cranberry juice, all citrus juices, salad dressings, vinegars, and coffee. Her advice? “The key is to wipe a spill up as soon as you see it: I can’t emphasize that enough. If you don’t let the spills sit there, they won’t penetrate,” she says. “Also, oils are less of a problem, once the stone has been sealed, and kids with sticky fingers are no problem at all.”

2. A Proper Seal Is When Water Beads Form

A supplier should seal the stone a few times as soon as it’s installed. “You’ll know it’s sealed properly when water beads and forms droplets on the surface,” she says. “Then have it sealed again a year later — that should do the trick.” And while you can seal it yourself, Perchuk says a professional will know the best sealer for your particular stone.

3 Durability Varies Between Stones

There’s a big difference between stone types. “Granite is good and strong. Marble is more porous than granite, but tougher than you’d think. French limestone has intense color, veining, and is more durable than the lighter limestones from Greece or the Baltic regions,” says Perchuk. She also points out that slate and soapstone aren’t the most practical choice. “They require more maintenance and constant mineral oil treatments.”

4. Always Get a Second Opinion

“Don’t take advice from a retailer who has a vested interest in selling one particular product,” Perchuk says. “The same goes for everyday cleaners — StoneTech is a good one, but there are slews on the market.”

5. Don’t Assume Black is the Easiest to Keep Clean

While a white kitchen may seem like the hardest color to keep clean, Perchuk says that it’s actually black that’s more work. “It’s the hardest to maintain in any stone or finish, polished or honed,” she says. “You can seal and seal and seal, but you’ll still see every finger-mark. There’s nothing you can do.”

About gvenice

I have over 25 years of electrical engineering and business management experience. I previously owned and managed a multi million dollar engineering firm. My work took me all over the globe, managing the construction of manufacturing plants where I built a reputation of providing superior service, getting projects done on time and within or under budget. My dedication to the fine details and logical approach to accomplishing tasks provide a huge benefit to my Real Estate clients. After selling my business and retiring to this area, I found a new passion in the Real Estate business and I bring to this business the same level of professional skill and conduct that has made mr successful in the past. My global exposure and extensive travel are also an asset when dealing with a customer base that is located worldwide. An avid boater, I have a thourough understanding of the waterways of East Tennessee and the intricacies involved in dealing with the TVA and the Army Corps of Engineers.
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