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Natural stone countertops are some of the most durable countertop materials any homeowner can choose. However, they still require great care in order to stay looking and performing well for many years. Even with great care, there are some things that people do that may end up causing damage to your surfaces, without you even realizing it.
At GMS Werks, we are your natural stone countertop experts. Below, we go over some of the top ways you may be accidentally ruining your natural stone countertop surfaces.
Even the strongest countertops can crack under pressure. Applying too much weight to your natural stone can result in cracks and ruptures in your surface that are difficult or even impossible to repair. Avoid placing really heavy objects on your countertops to the best of your ability.
Be conscious of what you use to clean your countertops. Harsh cleaning products that contain bleach or ammonia can dull and fade your natural stone countertops. Stick to soap and hot water for your everyday cleaning to maintain your countertop’s luster. Also, avoid using abrasive scrubbers like scour pads and scrubbing brushes, as they can easily scratch your countertops.
Intense heat can cause discoloration or cracking on your countertops. Ensure you use a pad between your countertop and any items that produce intense heat, such as toaster ovens, crockpots, pots, pans, curling irons and other hot tools. It’s better to be safe than sorry!
Acidic foods like vinegar, wine, lemon and tomato sauce can cause dull spots on your counters. In the case that your countertops come in contact with any acidic substance, neutralize the spot quickly using baking soda and water.
Porous stones can absorb liquids and harbor them below their surface, causing permanent stains and bacteria build-up on your surface. Even water can cause bacterial growth if it’s left to sit on certain stones. Our countertops Omaha experts can let you know whether your stone is porous or non-porous and give you tips to maintain them. However, as a general rule of thumb, clean up spills immediately after they occur!
When it comes to slicing, cutting and chopping on your kitchen countertops, only do so using a cutting board. It may go without saying, but when you cut directly on your surface using a knife or other sharp object you risk creating scratches on your stone countertops, and while they may go unrecognized - the damage will add up. Doing so can disrupt your sealant and dull your knives more quickly.
If the damage is done and you need new countertops, visit us at GMS Wërks. We can help you find the best low-maintenance stone countertops for your space and teach you all you need to know to properly care for them. Contact us today!