STONE MAINTENANCE

Just like taking care of your other investments, the better care your provded to your new stone, the better it will it will look over time. Simple care and maintenance will help preserve your stone’s beauty for generations to come.



REGULAR MAINTENANCE

Granites and Quartz

Natural granite and Quartz tops can be cleaned regularly with a mild dishwashing detergent and rinse with warm water. Use micro fiber cloth when dry as it does not leave any water mark.

Do not use cleaning products that contain lemon, vinegar or other acids as the acid content may etch the granite/marble surface.

Do not use ammonia-based cleaners as they will rub away your sealant.

Do not use scouring powders or scouring creams; these products contain abrasives that may dull or scratch the granite surface



PERIODIC MAINTENANCE

Granites Only

  1. Perform the paper towel test to determine whether your granite/marble needs to be sealed.
    1. Soak a paper towel or a white cotton towel. Place the water-soaked towel on the counter and wait about 5 minutes.
    2. Is the area under the paper towel dark from the water soaking into the granite? If it is discolored, your granite/marble needs to be sealed.
  2. Clean the granite top and make sure remove any crumbs or dust by using soft clean dry towel. Let it dry for 10 minutes.
  3. Use a clean cloth or brush to apply the sealer to the granite top. Allow the applied sealer to dry for 30 minutes


PERIODIC MAINTENANCE (cont'd)

Granites Only

  1. Apply another sealer coat onto the granite/marble. Rub the sealer into the granite/marble with a clean cloth
  2. Sealing is a simple application that can be done by the homeowners. Granite sealants can be purchased from Calgary Granite or stores such as Home Depot. Always follow manufacturer sealer application direction.


GENERAL TIPS

Special care must be taken in areas like Calgary that have hard water. Spilled water often leaves surface water stains. To remove, use a micro fiber cloth. Micro fiber cloth is available in leading grocery or home supply stores.

Calgary Granite carries the DuPont™ Stonetech® Professional BulletProof® Sealer designed for all stone surfaces.

If you must wax, use ONLY a stone wax. Granite can be sealed even when the wax is on.