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CARE & MAINTENANCE

Natural stone is porous and needs to be sealed on an annual basis. The best way to prevent stains, water spots, and things of that nature is to apply a protective sealant. The sealer can be easily applied by the homeowner, and the process does not take long at all. If you purchased your stone at MC Granite Countertops, we will apply the initial coat of sealer for your countertops, but it is still highly recommended that you re-apply the sealer once every year.

Routine cleaning of your stone is extremely simple, as long as you avoid using chemicals that can cause a negative impact on the stone. Ammonia is one of your worst enemies, and you need to avoid using it at all costs. What ammonia does as far as the stone is concerned, is it actually eats away at and dissolves the sealer. If the sealer is not present, your stone is at risk of staining. 

One of the most common household cleaners that contain ammonia is “Windex”, so make sure to avoid using that product for cleaning your countertops. What you DO want to use is a mild detergent and water, which works just fine. There are many different granite cleaners on the market, which are certainly safe to use, but in all honesty, soap and water are all you need.

Natural stone can sustain heat up to different temperatures, which vary depending on the exact material, but we still highly recommend using trivets or some sort of mat under hot dishes or cookware. Granite is most susceptible to cracks during shipping and installation. Normal use will not overstress this durable material. Normal use does not include standing on the countertops.

It’s not uncommon to see some small pits on the surface of the granite slabs. The pits themselves do not make the granite less durable or inferior for use in countertops, but the look and feel of the granite with the pits may bother some clients. It is better if you discuss these issues with the fabricators before you make the final decision on your stone selection.

We do not recommend that you have the pits filled because no compound can adequately or permanently fill these spaces without visually affecting the surface of the stone. The best practice is to discuss imperfections with your fabricator before selecting the stone, and if you really hate the pits you should consider a granite that has no visual imperfections.

GRANITE CARE DO’S & DON’TS

DON’T wait to clean up spills; take care of cleaning them up as soon as you can.

DON’T use a cleaner that contains a grit in it for cleaning (i.e. bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners, bathtub cleans. Soft Scrub, Comet, etc.)

DON’T use vinegar, bleach, ammonia, or anything with high levels of acid in it for cleaning.

DON’T use anything abrasive to clean your countertops (i.e. steel wool, dry cleaners, soft cleansers Scotch Brite, etc.)

DON’T use alkaline cleaners that are not specifically formulated for natural stone.

DO clean surfaces regularly with soap and water, or an approved stone cleaner.

DO make sure to enjoy your countertops, and don’t be afraid to use them normally, just be conscious about items that could potentially harm them.