DO: Blot up spills immediately. Acidic substances like wine, coffee, fruit juices, tomato sauce, and soda will not etch granite, but they could potentially stain the surface. Cooking oils may also leave a stain if not wiped up.
DO: Clean surfaces using a soft cloth. Using a specially formulated stone cleaner is recommended to keep your tops in the best condition. It will help protect the sealer, but hot water will do for quick clean-ups. Dish soap won’t permanently damage your granite, however, repeated use of soap will cause a build-up and dull your counters shine. Therefore, using dish soap for regular granite countertop care is not recommended.
DO: Use coasters under glasses, bottles and cans. Granite will not etch and using coasters on dense and/or properly sealed granite is not an absolute necessity, but using a coaster is a good practice to protect all surfaces.
DO: Use trivets and hot pads under pots and pans. With extreme heat, it is possible for granite to undergo “thermal shock” and crack. We do not recommend putting hot pans on any natural surface.
DO: Use cutting boards. Cutting on granite will save your counter from possible scratches and protect your knives. Cutting on granite will dull and damage your knives’ edge quickly.
DON’T: Use cleaning products, such as bleach, glass cleaner, degreasers, vinegar, ammonia, lemon, orange, or other common household cleaners. These products may contain acids, alkalis and other chemicals that could damage your counter.
DON’T: Use bathroom, tub, tile, or grout cleaners. The powders and even the “soft” creams contain abrasives that will scratch and dull surfaces.
DON’T: Sit or stand on your counters. Unlike laminate counters; granite, marble, and quartz countertops are very hard, but not flexible and they DO NOT have a plywood backing, too much weight in one spot could cause it to crack.
DON’T: Store toiletry producers directly on your countertop surface. Hair products, perfumes, colognes, nail products, creams, and lotions have a tendency to spill or leak, and may go overlooked. Even when sealed, a substance that remains on the surface for an extended period may stain granite. Practice preventative granite care by storing these products on a shelf or decorative tray.