For anyone who has long lusted after granite or natural stone countertops, there are bound to be high expectations. This could be the desire that the room will have an added level of class or a new versatility. Others look at the installation as a way to beautify and enhance resale value.
Along with these expectation often comes the idea the granite will always look as shiny and brilliant as the day it was installed. Unfortunately, much like our carpet, cookware and clothing, regular use does put the object at a disadvantage. When it comes to granite, it’s often the everyday uses that can cause surface scratches and dulling. But considering the strength of granite, there’s no need to treat your countertops with kid gloves. By adding a few good practices you can significantly enhance the way the countertops look the majority of the time.
Enhance the Stone’s Natural Shine
When it comes to granite and natural stone, one of the biggest culprits of a dulling surface is acidic substances, grease and soap. If you’re using an acidic substance like vinegar to clean your granite countertops, you could be inadvertently etching (dulling) the granite. Residue from grease or soap can also dull the surface of the natural stone. A similar effect can also be seen in buildup on the glass and floors of tubs, sinks and showers.
Occasionally, dulling can also be caused by water with high mineral deposits. Depending on the water quality in your area and if you use a water softener in your home, water droplets once dried can leave behind unsightly, dulling spots. This can be easily remedied though by thoroughly drying the surface of the stone with a soft, microfiber cloth. These economical and washable cloths won’t leave behind the fibers like a paper towel or napkin, plus they’re good for multiple uses.
Tips to Protect your Stone Surfaces
- Avoid cleaning products with acid (vinegar and lemon juice)
- Use hot pads for pots, pans and cookie sheets
- Wipe up spills immediately
- Dry stone surfaces completely if you have hard water
- Seal the stone surface yearly
- Maintain knife and counter surfaces by using a cutting board
Rock Doctor Shiny in 1-2-3
Rock Doctor knows the frustration of having beautiful natural stone surfaces marred by dullness and etching. That’s why we created the 3-step Rock Doctor system to clean, polish and seal granite and natural stone surfaces. Rock Doctor Granite & Quartz Cleaner is safe for use on all natural stone surfaces on a daily basis. The non-abrasive cleaner is designed to remove everyday soil, greasy cooking residue, and a variety of stains.
To further maintain the stone’s natural vibrancy, follow the daily cleaning with a small application of Rock Doctor Granite & Quartz Polish one to two times a week. The granite polish leaves a natural shine and water-resistant coating that will further beatify and protect the surface from spills, stains, water rings, and etching.
This article was brought to you by Rock Doctor, which offers a line of specially-formulated stone cleaner, stone polish, and stone sealer products. Rock Doctor stone care products can be purchased through a number of fine retail stores, including Wal-Mart, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Bed Bath & Beyond, Ace Hardware, Do it Best Hardware, Hy-Vee, and Wegmans.