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Granite Care & Instructions

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Care

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

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Maintenance

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.

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Cleaning

The best thing to clean your countertop with is glass cleaner.  If you have a substance that is sticky or hard to remove a green Scotch-Brite® pad works very well.  Clean up spills as quickly as possible.  Avoid using harsh chemicals to clean your countertop.  If a stain does occur, we suggest you consult a professional about having it removed.