Be it the unique patterns and designs on each separate slab of marble, or the beautiful milky white tones of quartz-filled granite, countertops fashioned from natural stones simply produce the best aesthetic effect in any interior. In fact, the same holds true for nearly anything that one creates from natural stone, and not just the kitchen top or the countertops.
Unfortunately, not all natural stones are equally strong, and some of them are exceptionally prone to damage. In fact, every natural stone used in construction, including the likes of granite, does require at least some degree of understanding and maintenance, that is if the owner wishes the beautiful pieces to stand the test of time and use. With that objective in mind, let’s now focus on certain key aspects of keeping natural stone countertops in top shape for years to come.
Learn More About the Properties of Natural Stone Countertops
A basic understanding of the stone from which your countertop has been curved can go a long way towards taking the right preservative steps. For example, have you ever wondered, how natural stone gets its color? Take some time to know which minerals are found in which natural stone and in what form.
Understand how they affect everything from the stone’s strength and durability, to its color, pattern, and maintenance needs. It only takes a few minutes of your time, but getting to know each option a bit first should also help with making the right choice, to begin with.
Most Natural Stone Countertops Require Sealing
Although not all stones found in nature are highly porous, most of them are. Marble, for example, is a very common and beautiful choice for countertops, but due to the stone’s porous constitution, it’s susceptible to both staining and eventually, liquid damage.
On the other hand, Ubatuba granite, in particular, and all variants of high-quality granite in general, are quite resistant to staining and liquid damage. Then again, even they must be sealed before being used. Your countertop should already be sealed when you buy it, but check with the seller, just to be sure anyway.
Learn When to Reseal Your Countertop in Time to Prevent Staining and Liquid Damage
Periodic resealing will still be necessary for natural stone countertops (unless you chose quartz) and that’s where the maintenance comes in. If you took some time out to study your rock of choice beforehand, you should be able to predict a rough timeline regarding the intervals between two sealing sessions.
In case you are not sure about the intervals, just spill some water on the countertop every six months and let it sit for 10 – 15 minutes. Wipe the water off and repeat the same test with a few drops of mineral oil next (5 minutes) and see if any of the two tests managed to stain the spots. If the stains are visible, it is time to seal it again and that’s the most important aspect of natural stone countertop maintenance.