Granite Care & Instructions
Be careful not to leave oils, butter, and greases in direct contact with your countertop. Spills will not stain unless they are left for extended periods of time. Clean all spills up immediately. If stain does occur, most stains can be removed through a process using a substance that will draw the stain out of the stone.
Your Granite/Natural Stone countertop is heat resistant, and you may put hot pans (up to 475 degrees) directly on the counter top. It is, however, a good idea to avoid putting your pans in the same place all the time. Where you set your pan, the stone will absorb the heat and the counter top will become hot; so be careful not to burn yourself. Stonewood recommends the use of trivets or cutting boards to minimize the chances of damage. With typical use, granite tops are very difficult to scratch. You can cut directly on the countertops; however, it is not recommended as it will dull your knives very quickly. Marble and Travertine tops will scratch much easier. For quartz (engineered stone) countertops, please refer to the manufacturer’s “Care & Use” guidelines. Basically, most quartz products are scorch resistant and under normal conditions is not affected. Always use a trivet or hot pad between quartz and any heat generating device including but not limited to crock pots, deep fryers, hot pots and pans or electric skillets. Sudden or rapid change of temperature or sustained heating, especially near edges and cut outs, may create enough thermal expansion energy to cause your countertop to crack. Damage caused by thermal expansion is typically not covered under the manufacturer’s warrant
We have sealed your natural stone countertop with penetrating sealer at installation. Depending on the natural properties of the stone you have selected, it will need to be sealed again every 1 to 5 years, perhaps even 10-15 years. Natural Stone sealer is available at Home Depot, Lowe’s, and all Tile Stores. Make sure the label specifies use for natural stone and follow the directions.
This is an easy process usually taking no more than 10 to 15 minutes in a typical kitchen. Basically, the sealer is wiped on with a rag and then allowed to soak into the stone. Sealing is the best way to avoid stains, and keep your stone countertop looking good. Quartz (engineered stone) tops never need sealing.
Clean stone surfaces with a neutral cleaner, a natural stone spray, or a mild liquid dishwashing detergent and warm water. Like any item cleaned in your home, an excessive concentration of cleaner or soap may leave a film and cause streaks. Rinse the surface thoroughly after washing with the soap solution and dry with a soft cloth.
Windex Multi Surface is a good "deep cleaner" as it has no harsh ammonia and is specifically formulated to not degrade natural stone sealants - we don't reccomend using this often, but it's good for slightly stubborn stains.
If you have a substance that is sticky or hard to remove with the Windex Multi Surface, add a green Scotch-Brite® pad to the equation.
NOTE: Many commercially available rust removers such as laundry rust stain removers and toilet bowl cleaners contain trace levels of hydrofluoric acid (HF). This acid attacks silicates in addition to other minerals in your tops. All stones, including granite and quartzite, will be attacked if exposed to HF.