The versatility and beauty of marble, limestone, travertine, granite and other natural stone countertops make them extremely popular in kitchens around the country. Kitchen countertops are exposed daily to all types of potential problems, including stains. Grease, wine, coffee, various sauces and other seemingly harmless food and beverages can actually have lasting and costly consequences if the proper precautions aren’t taken to protect and care for your natural stone countertops, which are a significant investment to any kitchen. In addition to kitchen countertops, bathroom countertops and vanities are also susceptible to stains from cosmetics and other common bathroom contaminates.
Despite being a porous material that is susceptible to many everyday stain-causing elements including food, beverages, oils, soaps and dirt, homeowners can easily maintain the beauty of their natural stone countertop by being proactive and diligent in sealing and cleaning the surface regularly. Using Aqua Mix sealers and cleaners, which are pH neutral and are devoid of acids, etchers and other harmful chemicals, will allow homeowners to safely preserve the finish of natural stone and avoid the expense of having a countertop professionally restored or replaced altogether.
Note – when applying natural stone sealers and cleaners always wear rubber gloves and eye protection, and follow the directions on the product label explicitly.
- For long-term protection against undesirable stains without altering the appearance of a natural stone countertop, apply a no-sheen, natural look, water-based sealer like Sealer’s Choice® Gold. These types of sealers are formulated with high-quality polymers that penetrate deeply into the pores of the natural stone so stains can be safely cleaned off before causing permanent damage to the surface.
- For everyday care of natural stone countertops, apply a non-acidic cleaner that also seals the surface during the process like Polished Granite Cleaner & Sealer. Strong enough to remove common household dirt without harming the surface, these mild cleaners protect natural stone countertops from more evasive stains with a thin layer of sealer.
- For neglected natural stone countertops with challenging stains, apply a heavy-duty cleaner and degreaser like Stone Deep Clean to effectively remove grease, soap scum, dirt and other undesirable grime from the surface. Concentrated cleaners of this nature should be mixed to the desired strength for a stain and rinsed thoroughly with clean water before drying on the countertop surface.
Sealers with low VOCs (volatile organic compounds) are recommended for protecting natural stone countertops in a safe and environmentally-friendly manner. Information about the expected wear of Aqua Mix sealers can be found on our technical bulletin.