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How to care for granite and other natural stones?

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Although granite is a very hard material and requires less maintenance than marble, it is still porous and can stain. By following some simple precautions and maintenance procedures, you can keep your stone looking great.

Seal Once Every Year - To protect your granite against oil and water-based stains you must reseal your granite once a year.

Daily Maintenance - Clean up spills and soiled areas after cooking. Use a spray revitalizer or stone-cleaning wipes. This will keep your stone protected from stains.

Deep Clean - If needed, there are deep cleaners for stubborn grease and soils. Alkaline - based soil cleaners, grease cutting cleaners and oil stain removers are also available.

Here's a few Do's and Don'ts to follow:

Do reseal your granite once a year!

Do clean up spills right away to minimize the possibility of stains!

Do follow the instructions given on the sealing and cleaning products purchased for the care of your stone!

Do use a cutting board at all times, especially when cutting oranges, tomatoes, lemons and any other citrus or acidic fruits or vegetables. These acidic fruits and vegetables have the potential of discoloring your granite!

Do clean up spills such as coffee, wine, vinegar, mustard, and soft drinks right away. These food items are high in acid and will stain!

Don't use bleach, ammonia or other general-purpose cleaners to clean your stone!

Don't use alkaline cleaners that are not specifically formulated for the care of natural stone!

Don't use abrasive cleaners such as dry cleaners or soft cleaners!

Don't use cleaners that contain acid such as bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners or tub and tile cleaners!

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