Cleaning & Care

Quartz

Cleaning and Care of Quartz Countertops from Granite Planet

  • Daily Cleaning: Use a soft sponge or dishcloth with warm water for everyday cleaning.
  • Stubborn or Greasy Clean-Ups: Use a pH-neutral liquid cleaner such as Mr. Clean, 409, Simple Green, Fantastic, or ordinary dishwashing detergent (e.g., Palmolive) with warm water applied with a soft sponge or dishcloth.
  • Persistent Stains: For persistent staining issues, use Bon Ami, Bar Keepers Friend, or Soft Scrub products without bleach. Apply these cleaners to a wetted sponge or dishcloth, then to the countertop surface. Be cautious with aggressive use of more abrasive non-chemical cleaners as they can dull the quartz surface.
  • Sanitizing: To sanitize the surface, use a 70% isopropyl rubbing alcohol solution or Lysol Disinfectant spray.
  • Avoid Abrasive Sponges: Do not use sponges that contain aluminum oxide (the same abrasive in sandpaper) as it may dull the finish.
  • Chemical Exposure: Avoid contact with drain cleaners, paint strippers, acetone, or products containing hydrofluoric acid, ammonia, methylene chloride, trichloroethylene, or any product with very high or very low pH, as these chemicals can etch or discolor the surface.
  • No Sealing Required: Quartz countertops are non-porous and do not require sealing. Applying a sealer will not penetrate the surface and may wear off unevenly, causing the polish to appear inconsistent.
  • Heat Resistance: Quartz is scorch resistant under normal conditions. However, always use a trivet or hot pad between the countertop and any heat-generating device such as crock pots, deep fryers, hot pots and pans, or electric skillets. Sudden or rapid temperature changes, especially near edges and cutouts, may cause the countertop to crack. Damage from thermal expansion is not covered under warranty.
  • Alternate Finishes: Brushed, honed, or concrete finishes have a textured surface that may require daily cleaning to maintain a pristine appearance. These finishes may show more surface markings from daily activities, which should be removable with approved cleaners. Over time, these surfaces may develop a unique patina from constant use.

Natural Stone

Cleaning and Care of Natural Stone Countertops from Granite Planet

To get the longest life and preserve the beauty of your natural stone, follow these simple tips:

  • Coasters: Use coasters under all glasses, particularly those containing alcohol or citrus juices.

  • Trivets: While many stones can withstand heat, the use of trivets or mats is recommended.

  • Spills: Blot spills immediately with a paper towel. Do not wipe, as it will spread the spill. Flush the area with water and mild soap, rinse several times, and dry thoroughly with a soft cloth. Repeat as necessary.

  • Cleaning:

    • Clean stone surfaces with a neutral cleaner, stone soap, or mild liquid dishwashing detergent and warm water.
    • An excessive concentration of cleaner or soap may leave a film and cause streaks. Follow manufacturer recommendations.
    • Use a clean rag mop on floors and a soft cloth for other surfaces.
    • Rinse the surface thoroughly after washing with the soap solution and dry with a soft cloth.
    • Change the rinse water frequently.
    • In wet areas, minimize soap scum by using a squeegee after each use. Remove soap scum with a non-acidic remover or a solution of ammonia and water (1/2 cup ammonia to a gallon of water). Overuse of ammonia may dull the surface.
    • For outdoor areas, flush with clear water and use a mild bleach solution to remove algae or moss.
  • Cleaning Products:

    • Many suppliers offer products for stone cleaning.
    • Avoid products containing lemon, vinegar, or other acids as they may dull or etch calcareous stones.
    • Scouring powders or creams often contain abrasives that may scratch certain stones.
    • Avoid rust removers that contain hydrofluoric acid (HF) as it attacks all stones, including granite and quartzite.
  • Sealing:

    • Sealing is a common step for some stones to prevent staining. Stone industry sealers are “impregnators” that act as repellents rather than sealers.
    • Sealing does not make the stone stain-proof but makes it more resistant to staining.
    • If a sealer is applied in a food preparation area, ensure it is non-toxic and safe for use.
    • Consult with your supplier or sealer manufacturer for specific recommendations.
  • Stain Identification and Removal:

    • Identify the type of stain (oil-based, organic, metallic, biological, ink-based, paint-based, acid-based) for appropriate removal methods.
    • Use suitable household chemicals and prepare a poultice if necessary for stain removal.
  • Specific Stain Removal Tips:

    • Oil-Based Stains: Clean with a soft, liquid cleanser, household detergent, mineral spirits, or acetone.
    • Organic Stains: Clean with 12% hydrogen peroxide and a few drops of ammonia.
    • Metal Stains: Use a poultice to remove.
    • Biological Stains: Clean with a diluted solution of ammonia, bleach, or hydrogen peroxide.
    • Ink Stains: Use bleach or hydrogen peroxide on light stones; lacquer thinner or acetone on dark stones.
    • Paint Stains: Use lacquer thinner or a commercial paint stripper, but avoid acids or flame tools.
    • Water Spots and Rings: Buff with dry 0000 steel wool.
    • Fire and Smoke Damage: Clean thoroughly and use commercially available smoke removers.
    • Etch Marks: Contact a professional stone restorer.

Soapstone

Cleaning and Care of Soapstone Countertops from Granite Planet

Applying Oil to Your Soapstone Countertop

  • Initial Application: Once mineral oil is applied, the stone will turn into a very dark charcoal gray, sometimes black. Some varieties contain a hint of green and will turn a rich deep green color when oiled.
  • Purpose: The oil does not seal or protect the stone but speeds up the natural darkening process. Soapstone is non-porous and does not need to be sealed.
  • Recommended Product: Use a specially formulated Soapstone Care Mineral Oil for easier application compared to standard drugstore mineral oil.

How Often to Oil Your Soapstone Countertop

  • First Application: The stone will become much darker after the first application of oil. A few days later, the soapstone will lighten.
  • Reapplication: Reapply oil whenever the previous coat starts fading. The stone will take several coats to reach its final color, getting darker with each application.
  • Long-Term Maintenance: With each application, the stone will hold the oil longer until about the 6th or 8th month, when it will stay permanently dark.

How to Clean Your Soapstone Countertop

  • General Cleaning: Any common household cleaner can be used to clean soapstone surfaces. However, regular soap and water are recommended.
  • Avoid Harsh Solvents: Harsher solvents may remove the mineral oil treatment, requiring more frequent maintenance.

How to Remove Scratches from Your Soapstone Countertop

  • Light Scratches: Light scratches can be hidden by lightly applying some mineral oil.
  • Deeper Scratches: For deeper scratches, follow these steps:
    • Sand the scratched area with coarse sandpaper in a circular motion until the scratch is almost gone.
    • Use smoother sandpaper and water to sand the area again.
    • Apply mineral oil to the sanded area. It will take several coats to match the final color of the stone.
    • Repeat oil applications as needed to even out the color.

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December 11, 2019
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