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Natural stone countertops offer a huge variety of benefits to every home, however, they can be an investment. While there are less expensive countertop options available, nothing truly works as well as natural stone. With that being said, it’s important that you are doing what you can to protect your natural marble stone countertops and make the most out of your investment.
At GMS Werks, we are experts on all things natural stone. From countertops to flooring, we can help you choose, install, and maintain your natural stone surfaces! Although natural stone is a very durable material, it’s also delicate and needs proper maintenance to continue to stand out in your home. Below, we go over some things you should always avoid placing on your natural marble stone countertops to help protect them from becoming damaged!
One thing that you should never place on your natural stone countertops are hot pans. Placing hot pans directly on your kitchen countertops, or a curling iron or other hot items on your bathroom countertops can end up burning your countertops, weakening the sealant and potentially causing it to crack. Although setting hot pans on your natural stone surface for a few seconds isn’t bad, avoid leaving hot materials on your stone for long periods.
Another thing that does not mix well with natural stone countertops is acid. Acidic items such as vinegar or certain cleaning products can stain your surfaces and damage your sealant. In your bathroom, it’s a good idea to use a basket or something similar to store your hygiene products and keep them away from your countertops.
Although natural stone countertops are hard, they are not suited for cutting things directly on the surface. Knives are sharp, and can end up scratching your countertops. Using a cutting board will help protect your countertops, and your knives as well!
When cooking in your kitchen, it may seem more convenient to place raw meat right on your countertops. Who wants to wash an extra plate? However, placing raw meat on your countertops should be avoided at all costs. Although it won’t damage your countertops, it can lead to bacterial growth.
Your countertops are made for a purpose, and standing or sitting on them is not one. Although natural stone is tough and durable, it’s not meant to be sat or stood on. Placing a lot of weight on your countertops can cause cracks and other damage.
Lastly, be sure to clean up any oil or oily substances off the surface of your natural marble stone countertops. Oils can seep into your stone and leave nasty looking stains. It’s always a good idea to wipe down your countertops after cooking, especially next to your stove top and sink!
When you purchase natural stone countertops for your home, it’s important that you are also taking the time to care for them. Always be cautious of what you are putting on your stone countertops, and especially avoid these six things!
At GMS Werks, we are here to answer all of your natural stone questions. Do not hesitate to give our team a call whenever you need it!