Stone countertops are a popular kitchen option for good reason – they are durable, heat resistant, and they provide timeless beauty that matches the evolving decor in your home. Stone is also porous and can become stained, especially in the kitchen where liquid and food spills are common. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent stains so the stone stays looking like new:
Choose the Right Stone
The more porous the stone, the more likely that it will experience staining. If you don’t like the natural patina that stains can create, then avoid the most porous stones like marble and granite. Soapstone, quartzite, and slate are all options that have low porosity and are highly stain and chip resistant.
Seal and Polish
If your heart is set on granite, opt for polished stone and make sure it is sealed. Although not completely stain-proof, polished and sealed stone is more resistant to stains. Seals don’t last forever, so you will need to have the stone resealed every two or three years.
Opt for a penetrating stain, which soaks into the stone pores and tends to last longer. Also, keep in mind that acidic items, like tomato sauce, lemon juice, or red wine, may eat away at both the sealer and the stone if they aren’t cleaned up quickly.
Your kitchen is meant to be used, so don’t be too worried about stains. Simply keep a damp sponge or cloth nearby when you are cooking so you can quickly wipe up the small spills that occur. Use a non-acidic cleaner that formulated for stone, or plain soap and water, so the stone and sealer aren’t etched during final cleanup.
Also, don’t use your stone has a cutting board. Although a knife is unlikely to chip most stone, with the exception of marble, it can cause the sealer to wear down prematurely. Arming yourself with a sponge, stone cleaner, and a cutting board will prevent most major stains.
Finally, if a stain does occur, don’t panic. You can soak most stains out of the stone counter if you act quickly. Simply mix baking soda with equal parts water and bleach to form a thick paste. Spread it over the stain. As this poultice dries, it pulls the stain out of the stone. Brush it off once it dries to powder, and repeat the process until the stain is gone. Your counter will likely need sealed again once the stains are removed.
To learn more, contact a company like Venato Stone Inc granite.