NATURAL STONE COUNTERTOPS
Caring for granite and marble countertops is very simple! After your fabricator installs your countertops, they will seal the surface of the stone. This process not only adds an additional layer of protection, but also enhances the beauty of the stone.
Daily maintenance of your countertops requires nothing more than simple mild soap and water. This will clean the surfaces, and studies show, that soap and water will completely eliminate most all harmful germs and bacteria on your countertops. Harsh chemical disinfectants can damage the finish on your countertops and are also not needed when you thoroughly clean with simple soap and water. Any spots can be polished out with a soft, dry towel. Bedrock International recommends using our special "3 in 1 Cleaner". This product is specifically designed to clean, polish, and protect natural stone countertops, and can be purchased at any of our showrooms. The 3 in 1 Cleaner will help keep your countertops looking brand new years after installation. This product is also great for polishing stainless steel sinks, faucets, and metal surfaces in the kitchen.
Once every year, granite countertops need to be resealed. marble countertops should be sealed twice every year. Homeowners can easily do this themselves. These sealants can be purchased at Bedrock International. We carry products by Miracle, and recommend using either 511 Impregnator or 51 Porous Plus. Our staff can recommend the right product for your specific countertop.
To remove stains, we recommend that you contact your installer or fabricator. Most stains can be removed by using a poultice (paste) that will actually draw the stain or oil out of the stone.
TILE FLOORS, WALLS, AND BACKSPLASHES
The most important step for keeping tile and grout clean is proper sealing after installation. If you are not sure if your tile was sealed, it is still possible to seal at any time after a thorough cleaning of the material. Cleaning the tile before sealing it is important to prevent dirt and grime from being permanently sealed into the material.
Many homeowners make the mistake of using harsh chemical cleaners that can be damaging to tile and grout. Commonly available cleaners that remove mold, mildew, and soap scum are also removing the tile's sealant and finish. Over time, abrasive cleaners will also scratch and dull the tile surface.
For daily maintenance, first vacuum the area (after making sure it is completely dry) to remove loose dirt and grime to keep the grout joint clean. Follow by cleaning the area with a mild soap and water solution, which should be thoroughly rinsed and dried. For weekly or deep cleaning, we recommend tile cleaners made by Miracle. Bedrock International carries a full line of these products. These are specifically made to clean the surface without damaging the sealant and finish on the tile and grout. Our associates can help you select the proper products for your needs.
As always, contact one of our showrooms if you have any questions regarding the care of your countertops or tile.
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