The Ultimate Guide to Maintaining and Cleaning Your Countertops

The Ultimate Guide to Maintaining and Cleaning Your Countertops

Posted on: October 18th, 2023

Now that your stone is installed it’s time to move on to the next step, cleaning your countertops! Our team at STONE is here to provide you with tips and tricks to help keep your kitchens, bathrooms, and offices stunning for a long time.

Let’s discuss proper maintenance for specific countertop materials including quartz, granite, marble, and quartzite.  

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Cleaning & Maintaining Quartz Countertops

Quartz is one of the more recent fan favorites in homes. Beauty and durability are only two of our favorite parts of having quartz in a business or house. Despite being able to withstand scratches and stains, it is still important to know how to properly maintain this countertop material. 

With quartz countertops, it is best to avoid abrasive and acidic cleaners, bleach, and vinegar. For cleaning, you can use a quartz-specific cleaner. When it comes to those sometimes unavoidable tough stains, you can use Goo Gone. Although, it is important to test a section before covering large sections. 


Cleaning & Maintaining Granite Countertops

Known as Baton Rouge’s most popular choice for countertops, this material is one of our favorites because of its durability, versatility, and style. Granite is great for indoor and outdoor spaces! Along with this, it is also fairly easy to clean and can handle hot pans, curling irons, pans, you name it. 

In our team’s experience, we have found that it is best to avoid using bleach, vinegar, or harsh chemicals. One of the best ways to clean granite is with mild dish soap and water. If you are looking to remove pesky stains, you can create a mixture of 50% isopropyl alcohol and 50% water. 

Another stain removal method we recommend using is the 24-hour paste. The paste is one tablespoon of baking soda mixed with one teaspoon of water. Apply the paste to your countertop and cover it with a plastic wrap to sit for at least 24 hours. Once the 24-hour period is over, wipe the paste off with a microfiber cloth, water, and mild dish soap.

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Cleaning & Maintaining Marble Countertops 

This classic yet stunning countertop brings elegance to any room it’s in. Don’t be fooled though! Despite its beauty, marble is one of the more sensitive stones. Marble needs to be taken care of because it is more prone to stains and damage. If you’re sometimes clumsy like us, you’ll find that sauces, fruits, coffees, teas, and more will quickly stain your marble countertops! 

We find that the best option for cleaning marble is with water and mild dish soap or with a specialized marble cleaner. You can also use a pH-neutral stone cleaner. It is crucial to remember that with any cleaning material, you must quickly dry marble counters because even water can stain them. When a surface-level stain appears, you can use the same paste and process as the one for granite. 

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Cleaning & Maintaining Quartzite Countertops

The combination of granite’s toughness and marble’s beauty make this stone one we love to see in any business or home. Quartzite countertops in your kitchen or bathroom will last you for years. Regular, easy-to-do resealing maintains its beauty and makes clean-up a breeze. 

For cleaning quartzite, you can use a non-acidic or low-pH cleaner. You can also use a quartzite-specific cleaner, but we recommend using mild dish soap and water. Maintenance and care for quartzite is similar to that of granite. 

Explore our materials—all are available for residential or commercial properties. Then, schedule a free consultation appointment. It’s the perfect opportunity to ask questions, see samples, and get advice from our experienced team. After that meeting, we’ll prepare a quote for your project and start talking about timelines.

What’s more, we can help you put the whole package together to ensure the backsplashes, tile, and flooring all work together. We can’t wait to give you the perfect surface to complete your space!

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