There is a beauty and luster inherent to granite, quartz, and marble countertops. It’s something that you just can’t find in other countertop materials. Wood is attractive, but so very few modern homes are built with wood countertops these days. Tile countertops are also stylish and bold, but like with wood countertops, they aren’t as common as they used to be. Glass and stainless steel countertops are both very modern, but they can be seen as “visually cold” for many homeowners. Truly, nothing is as rich and inviting in a kitchen as genuine stone countertops. But, although they are incredibly durable and stand up well to a lifetime of use, some homeowners may not know how to best care for them. After all, a granite, quartz, or marble countertop in a kitchen is a design element that comes with a fair price tag. You’ll want them to look as beautiful today as the day they were installed, right?
The problem most homeowners face with cleaning and polishing their stone countertops is the unfortunate fact that common household cleaners can be terrifically harmful to the surfaces of quartz, marble, and granite. Repeated use of highly-acidic cleansers – those that contain harsh or abrasive chemicals – will dull and etch the surface of your stone countertops and eliminate much of their natural warmth and beauty. Additionally, some homeowners tend to think of stone countertops as being indelible. In reality, stone such as granite, quartz, or marble is actually quite porous – allowing harsh cleaning agents such as ammonia or bleach to seep into the surface and do further damage to the countertop material.
How do I know if I’ve damaged the surface of my stone countertops? The results from using harmful cleaners made from ammonia (that blue stuff in the familiar spray bottle) or bleach (found in common bathroom cleansers) will be dull or whitish areas on the surface of your granite, quartz, or marble countertops. They may look like stains or water spots, but they’re actually damage from the harsh agents you used to clean or sanitize your surfaces.
Fortunately, there’s help when it comes to cleaning and protecting your stone countertops. Stone cleaner and stone polish such as the Rock Doctor line of products will make your countertops shine like new and protect them from spills. You can use a clean towel to apply the Rock Doctor stone cleaner and stone polish as needed – never having to worry about negatively impacting the surface of your granite, quartz, or marble. Use the Rock Doctor stone cleaner as needed – daily if necessary. Use the Rock Doctor stone polish once a month (after cleaning) to put a water-resistant protective coating on your stone countertop surfaces that guards against drinking glass rings, spills, and etching. And, the Rock Doctor line of stone cleaner and stone polish is versatile. You can use Rock Doctor products on any stone, marble, or solid counter surface.
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.