Choosing the best stone countertops is one thing, but caring for them so that they maintain their best quality is another. Depending on the type of stone, your countertops could be prone to damage like cracking, staining, and fading. If you’re not careful, your actions could be the catalyst for these damages, compromising the look and feel of your countertops over time. Here are some ways you may be accidentally damaging your countertops, according to our countertops Omaha experts.
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 containing 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, do 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 do 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 build up of bacteria on your surface. Even water can cause build up bacterial growth if 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.
For certain stones, the sun can be damaging. Direct sunlight can fade the color and overall appearance as well as disrupt the sealant on some stones. Do your research prior to exposure to check if your specific stone is vulnerable to sun damage.
If the damage is done and you need new countertops, visit us at GMS Werks. 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!