Marble & Granite - Everyday Countertop Cleaning
PREPARE COUNTER TOPS
Before you begin to actually clean the countertop, remove excess debris and move appliances or items so you can reach all areas.
- Wipe up any spills or sticky residue on counter. The best way to avoid staining your countertop is to remove liquids or sauces immediately from your countertop. If the liquid has set, use a hot wet cloth to loosen and remove the caked on debris and wash with warm water and mild detergent.
- Clean stone surfaces with a neutral cleaner, stone soap, or a mild liquid dishwashing detergent and warm water. Do not use aggressive cleaning products which will damage the surface.
- [We stock a range of Aqua Mix cleaning and maintenance products for natural and engineered stone.]
- An excessive concentration of cleaner or detergent may leave a film and cause streaks. Follow the manufacturer's recommendations.
- Wash in small, overlapping sweeps.
- Rinse thoroughly with clean water to remove all traces of soap or cleaner solution.
- Dry with a soft cloth and allow to thoroughly air-dry.
BUFF AND DRY counters thoroughly. Although your counters will be clean, most cleaners may leave streaks if not dried immediately.
- Use a microfibre cloth to dry and buff counters. This will not only remove streaks, but enhance the countertop finish and shine.
- Use a new dry microfibre cloth if the other cloth becomes soggy or wet.
Wipe up any spills as soon as possible. If left unattended, the spills can etch the polish and dull the finish of the stone. Beverages such as coke and orange juice contain acidic materials that when in contact with calcium based stones (marble, limestone, travertine, and onyx) can deteriorate the stone. This doesn't burn a hole through your stone, it just loses its finish in the area of contact. This can be restored with our maintenance products or for larger areas with specialised tools and machines.