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Top Countertop Cleaning Mistakes

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Cleaner making some countertop cleaning mistakes

Depending on the type of material you choose to build your countertop out of, you may find it very easy to clean. Most countertops are made with low maintenance and high durability in mind. And you should have the satisfaction of coming home to a clean kitchen every day. At Neolith, our sintered stone products are incredibly easy to clean.  Still, you won’t want to make these countertop cleaning mistakes.

Durability doesn’t mean that countertops can easily withstand any and all cleaning materials. In fact, some of the more common household cleaners may prove to be too abrasive for a countertop surface. Below, we’ll take a look at some of the biggest mistakes homeowners make when cleaning their countertops. 

Using the Wrong Cleaning Supplies

Every type of cleaning product contains a specific formula of chemicals and other ingredients to wipe away stains, dirt, and grime. However, some of these chemicals might be harmful to the stone. According to Rock Doctor, cleaning products that contain bleach, ammonia, citrus, vinegar, or hydrogen peroxide have to high abrasiveness for stone countertops. Avoid these to keep your countertops in good shape. Popular brands like Windex, Clorox, and Pledge can damage granite and other similar stone countertops. 

Too Much Water

It is important that you don’t leave too much water puddling around on your countertops. Too many pools of water can actually cause damage and can encourage the buildup of bacteria. Sometimes, leaving water on your countertop can result in a white, crusty stain that must be scrubbed off. Make sure that any and all spills are quickly cleaned up and dried to prevent permanent damage. 

Harsh Cutting on the Surface

Of the countertop cleaning mistakes, this is perhaps the most obvious. No matter what your countertop is made out of, you should not be cutting and chopping vegetables directly on top of the surface. This is a sure-fire way to cause fine scratches from your knife. And this is a permanent mark of damage on your countertop. These scratches can damage the finishing seal on the surface. Usually, this finishing seal is designed to keep the countertop waterproof and damage-proof. When this seal is broken, your countertop becomes susceptible to more destruction.

Placing Hot Pans on the Surface

When cleaning your kitchen and preparing a meal, you may put a hot pan down on the countertop to let it rest for a moment. You should never do this, even if your countertop doesn’t seem to be showing any signs of wear or tear. While most stone is naturally heat-resistant, forming a habit out of putting hot pots on the surface can cause damage over time. You may notice a discoloration in your countertop surface or even a burn mark that won’t go away. 

Repeated Motions

Like any physical thing, a countertop can only withstand so much pressure and movement before it starts to crack. If you always scrub really hard when you clean, or you always choose a particular spot on the countertop to beat dough and mix ingredients, you might incur a little bit of wear and tear. Not to mention, leaning on the countertop surface can loosen the entire slab and cause structural damage. 

Keep Your Countertops Clean and Free from Damage!

With this list of countertop cleaning mistakes, it can be frustrating figuring out what the right thing to do is. A general rule of thumb to remember is that the gentler you are with your countertops, the less damage they will sustain. Stone is very durable in many ways. But over time can start showing signs of scratching, cracking, or discoloring due to the way you use the surface or the products used to clean it. 

Stay aware of what’s best for your countertops and keep them clean with dustrags and non-abrasive cleaning supplies. If you would like more assistance or information about the best ways to clean your countertop, please contact our professionals today. You can call us at 076-897-8407 to speak with a representative directly. We look forward to helping you with all of your countertop needs! 

How to Clean Stone Countertop Surfaces

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Stone has played a central role in interior decorating for centuries, yet we rarely consider the specific needs of stone when it comes to appropriate cleaning and home care. Anyone who has ever taken geology can tell you that every type of stone varies widely in terms of hardness, porosity, and chemical make-up. All of these traits factor into the ways we treat them when they’re incorporated into our homes. To protect the beautiful stone countertops in our homes, let’s look at some of the most common stone types featured in home décor and their care requirements.

Limestone

Limestone can be a beautiful addition to your home, but its physical properties mean that it needs to be treated with a great deal of care. The quarried, natural stone is more porous than many of its counterparts. It is also high in calcium carbonate. The result is that limestone is very sensitive to acidic materials. 

A competent installer will make sure to seal the limestone to protect it from daily wear. Still, you will need to use neutral PH or alkaline cleansers designed specifically for limestone surfaces. We suggest that you let a layer of cleanser sit on the surface without drying. Use a microfiber cloth to clean off the cleaner. Then use warm water and another clean cloth. 

Marble

Marble is relatively similar to limestone in terms of its composition. It contains a lot of calcium carbonate, making it vulnerable to acidic foods, drinks, and products. It will also require sealing more than once. In fact, lighter marbles may need to be sealed as often as every three to six months. Fortunately, it is relatively easy to seal your own countertops as long as they are properly cleaned first.

As with limestone, you’ll want to look for a non-acidic cleanser. A PH neutral dish soap mixed with water does the trick. Use a gentle cloth to scrub and then follow up with an absorbent towel that you can use to remove all moisture and buff the surface before sealing.

Granite

Granite is naturally anti-bacterial and pretty easy to care for once it’s properly sealed. Darker granite, in particular, only have to be sealed about once a year, so they’re a little easier to maintain. However, granite is susceptible to scratching and staining, so cutting boards are a must.

When it comes to cleaning, combine four cups of warm water with a teaspoon of dish soap in a spray bottle. Spritz the counter and gently scrub down with a microfiber cloth. Then just let them air dry. For tough stains, use a stone poultice designed for the task or mix baking soda with hydrogen peroxide to create a paste.

Sintered Stone

Sintered stone countertops are some of the sturdiest options available on the market. Neolith uses a sealant that protects them against extreme temperatures, acids, scratches, and fractures. 

However, it is still a good idea to use non-acidic cleansers for lesser stains. But, if there is a mess that takes something heavier, sintered stone can handle it. We also advise considering a water softening system if you have hard water.  

Quartz

Quartz has many of the same requirements as quarried stone countertops. But, as with limestone and concrete, their seals are long-lasting to permanent depending on care. You will want to use a gentle cleanser. They can also be vulnerable to oils, so make sure you have a non-bleach degreaser on hand to remove oils.

Soapstone

Soapstone is one of the few non-porous options on the market, with quartz and concrete also falling into that category. This makes them less likely to stain and generally easier to clean. In fact, you can use pretty much any cleanser, but you should avoid harsh scrubbing tools. If you do see scratches in the surface, then you can buff mineral oil onto the counter to reduce its visibility. If you do apply mineral oil, then switch to milder soaps for future cleaning.