Care and Maintenance for Granite
In general, granite is relatively maintenance-free and does not stain. However, since it is a natural stone and somewhat porous, it should not be exposed to any type of liquid for a prolonged period of time. Avoid exposing your stone surface to oils, citric acids, oven cleaners, paint remover, etc. Common care for granite involves only periodic washing with clean, potable water and a neutral (PH7) detergent soap or cleaners specially made for stone cleaning. Rinse thoroughly with clean, potable water to remove all traces of soap or cleaner solution. Dry all granite countertops or vanity tops with a soft cloth and allow to thoroughly air dry.
Care and Maintenance for Marble
Marble is not as maintenance-free as granite. It is more prone to scratching and staining if it is not cared for properly. Many common foods and beverages contain acids, which could etch or stain the surface of your marble countertop. Spills of any type should be immediately wiped up and the area should be washed. Washing should be done with clean, soft cloths and lukewarm water; occasionally, a mild detergent or cleaners specially made for stone may be used. Never use products that contain lemon, vinegar, bleach, ammonia or other acids on a marble countertop. Do not use scouring powders or creams on any stone as these products contain abrasives that may scratch stone surfaces. We recommend that you reseal your marble countertops more frequently than granite.ESC carries a large selection of specially-formulated cleaners, enhancers and sealers for granite, marble and other natural stones. To purchase any of our Fairfax marble countertops, please call us or visit our showroom.