Are your stone counters really clean? When natural stone is properly sealed or coated and with regular cleaning and maintenance, you’ll find that natural stone options like marble, granite, and quartzite are naturally antimicrobial. If your stone isn’t sealed or coated, dirt and grime can hide in the tiny surface pores of some natural stone.
Not sure if your natural stone surface is sealed or coated? You can find out! To check if your natural stone surface is sealed or coated, leave a few drops of water on the surface. If the water beads up, your stone is protected. If the water has soaked into the counter after being left for a few minutes, it’s time to call our team at Zoltan Stone Restoration and get that surface re-sealed. If you are still worried about disinfecting, regular Clorox Wipes can be used to give your counters a wipe down in a pinch, but don’t let them sit directly on the stone. Gently wipe down your desired surface and, once finished, remove the Clorox Wipe from the counter and discard.
When cleaning you should never use a harsh or abrasive cleaner directly on the stone. Frequent use of harsh chemicals such as straight bleach, ammonia, or vinegar will dull the stone and can start to break down the sealant that’s working very hard to keep your stone protected.
Still not sure? Here’s a simple solution you can use to keep your natural stone clean and protected from your everyday dirt and bacteria.
Supplies You Need For Stone Countertop Cleaning
- Warm water
- Any mild or gentle dish soap
- A soft dish towel
- A clean microfiber cloth or terry cloth towel
- Isopropyl alcohol (if desired)
- Spray bottle (if desired)
How Clean Your Granite & Stone Daily
- Mix warm water and the mild dish soap of your choice together until suds form
- Place your soft dish towel into the water and soap mixture and ring out, keeping the towel slightly damp
- Wipe down the countertops. There’s no particular way to do this step! Just wipe away any spills or gunk left on your counters, however you normally do it.
- Wipe down the counters with the microfiber cloth to dry and prevent streaking
- To bring your disinfectant game to the next level, mix together a 50:50 solution of water and 91% isopropyl alcohol.
- Spray the solution onto the natural stone surface, allow it to sit for 3-5 minutes, then rinse with water and dry with a clean microfiber cloth as stated above
- Please note that the water and isopropyl alcohol solution should only be used periodically to disinfect and remove residue.
- Finally, enjoy! Your natural stone surfaces are now clean and disinfected!
Give our team at Zoltan Stone Restoration a call and schedule your next stone restoration appointment. Our team of trained professionals will come into your home and leave your natural stone surfaces sparkling like new!