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The Do's and Don'ts of Granite and Natural Stone Countertops

Granites and other Natural stones are versatile, durable and hard materials.  It has a luxurious look making it an ideal material for Kitchen countertops and Bathroom vanities. Following these care and maintenance practices will prolong the life of your countertops.

Sealing Stone

All Natural stone is porous and should be sealed prior to installation. Sealers will not only prevent stains and discoloring, but will also make your counters more durable against wear and tear.  It is recommended that countertops be resealed every six months to one year.  To test your sealer, place a few drops of water onto the surface and make sure it beads up.  If water doesn’t bead then you should reseal the stone surface.  Sealers can be purchased at most home centers.  Sealer comes in water or oil based variants and can have a gloss or natural finish.  We recommend water based sealant, it’s easier to apply and safer for the environment. For sealing instructions read the label on the bottle.

Do’s and Don’ts

Do not sit or stand on the countertop.  Stone is tough & durable but will crack when too much weight is in any one spot.

Do not use harsh chemicals like bleach or abrasive cleaners such as soft scrub.  These will dull your finish and etch the material.

Do not place very hot items directly on the surface, use heat-resistance mats

Do not cut directly on the surface, use a cutting board.

Do not apply acetone or paint thinner.


Do clean spills immediately by blotting

Do clean using a quality stone cleaner.

Do thoroughly rinse and dry the surface after washing.  Too much cleaner or soap may leave a film and cause streaks.

Do dust countertops and vanities often

Do use coasters

Do re-seal your granite when necessary


If you practice normal housekeeping and maintenance your countertops will look as luxurious as the day you purchased and installed them. For more information or to have minor damage and scratches repaired call your local showroom.

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