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Cleaning Stone Countertops to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

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March 25, 2020

When it comes to cleaning countertops, one method does not fit all. Here is our advice on how to clean your StoneMark countertops to keep them in top shape and to protect from the spread of Covid-19.

When it comes to cleaning countertops, one method does not fit all. Here is our advice on how to clean your StoneMark countertops to keep them in top shape and to protect from the spread of Covid-19.

How to Clean Granite or Marble Countertops

Use a mixture of warm water and mild dish soap for everyday cleaning, following up with a microfiber towel to shine up the stone. Avoid abrasive, acidic cleaners or bleach, which can strip the sealer and etch the stone. With the recent outbreak of Covid-19, many people are concerned about germs on their countertops. If you use antimicrobial wipes, chose a product that states it is safe for stone and do not use products that contain bleach as it can dull the finish of your countertops and may damage the sealer. If you're uncertain, the safest thing to do is think of your countertops like your hands and wash with warm water and mild hand soap.

Granite & marble surfaces are popular for their tough-as-rocks durability, and all StoneMark countertops receive a 15-year sealer that protects against untimely spills and splashes. While your countertops don't require regular resealing, it is best to wipe up spills promptly since continued exposure to acidic spills can cause etching or discoloration even when sealed.

How to Clean Quartz Countertops

Made from resin-bound quartz crystals, engineered stone recreates the look of its natural counterparts without requiring the same maintenance. As stated above, to prevent the spread of Covid-19, you can wash these countertops like you do your hands with mild soap and warm water. Engineered stone countertops don't need any resealing to stay in pristine condition. Please make sure that any cleaning products state that they are safe for stone. Never use bleach or harsh chemicals as they can etch the finish.

Quartz countertops are mainly stain-resistant, but if you do come across a persistent mark that soap and water can't handle, use a glass cleaner and a non-abrasive sponge.