How to Care for Your New Stone Countertops

“Wow, they look fabulous! Now what? How do I keep them looking this beautiful, like the day they were installed?” No worries, it’s easier than you may think.

Here are some simple care tips for some of the more frequently chosen materials.


Since granite is a natural product, slight surface imperfections and color variations are quite normal and should be accepted as part of the stone’s unique character and beauty.

These markings, as well as tiny cracks and fissures, are more noticeable in some colors than others. Usually the stones with higher activity and movement show more of these hallmarks.

Agents containing ammonia should be avoided, as they tend to break down the sealer over time.

It’s recommended to reseal lighter color stones at least once a year, and darker stones every two to three years due to their greater density.

Everyday maintenance can be as simple as a mild cleaner, such as dish detergent, and water. Dry well with a clean, soft cloth to avoid watermarks or streaking.

Agents containing ammonia should be avoided, as they tend to break down the sealer over time.

Granite cleaners may also be used periodically.


Marble is also a natural product that shares many of granite’s features while possessing some other specific characteristics that require more attention and care.

Marble is not suggested for high-traffic, high-activity areas.

One such item is the requirement to seal more often due to its greater level of porosity.

It’s also best to use only mild cleansers with a neutral pH, avoiding those with abrasives like ammonia or other harsh agents.

Clean spills promptly – particularly wine, juices and vinegar. Coasters, trivets and cutting boards are recommended. Marble is not suggested for high-traffic, high-activity areas.


The category known as “quartz surfacing” is a manmade item. It originates from natural quartz combined with polymers and pigments and is generally more consistent than its mined counterparts, granite or marble.

However, slight color and pattern variation from slab to slab is still quite possible and is not considered a defect by the product’s producer.

Sealer is not required for this product category because of its manufacturing process.

Daily cleaning should include mild soap and water, or a non-abrasive, non-ammonia formula.

Placing hot items directly on a quartz top from the oven or stove should be avoided, and the use of hot pads or trivets is recommended.

Solid Surface

Solid surface tops are generally a manmade mixture of acrylic or polyester and minerals, rather than a pure stone product.

A mild soapy water can be used to remove most spills and stains. Be sure to always rinse and dry well to eliminate any streaking and possible build-up. Specific solid surface cleaners are available in the marketplace to remove more stubborn stains or spills.

Do not place hot items directly from stove top or oven on countertop. Always use hot pads or trivets and allow hot pots or pans to sufficiently cool before placing them in a solid surface sink.

Although none of these surfaces can be classified as a “zero-maintenance” solution, they are as long-lasting and maintenance minimal as you can get, providing you with many years of functionality, enjoyment and added value to your space.