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Nothing beats the gleaming sheen of a newly installed slab of marble, granite, or other natural stone. Whether your countertops look new or have lost their sheen or you simply wish to retain their finish, there are a few best practices to follow. However, there appear to be a lot of misconceptions floating around, ranging from polishing with cooking oil to washing with vinegar or dish soap. No wonder why ‘how to restore granite shine’ has become a commonly asked question in online searches. Well, the post clears the air on these and explains to you how to keep your natural stone gleaming.
To avoid stains, etching, or any damage to the stone’s seal, you should clean up food and drink spills as soon as they occur. If things like soda, wine, coffee, and citrus are allowed to sit, they can etch the surface. It’s also a good idea to use coasters for this reason as you might not notice a ring under a glass that could leave a potential stain to deal with. Even something as apparently harmless as frying oil, if allowed to enter the surface (owing to sitting), can leave a tough stain to remove. Natural stones are permeable, and even water can cause a stain (if only temporary).
While granite is a durable stone, it is susceptible to scratches and chipping. It is critical not to drag anything over the counter, especially cutting boards made of marble, china, and some other ceramics. Another major source of scratching is precious stones on a ring, as well as not utilising a cutting board. Even on difficult stains or filth, it’s also crucial not to use highly abrasive cleaning materials like hard scrubbing pads or steel wool.
Your countertops were sealed when they were installed to protect the stone from harmful chemicals and liquids seeping underneath and creating a stain. However, that is not a lasting solution and the stone needs to be maintained to keep the lustre and sheen that it had the day it was fixed.
While laminated worktops can be cleaned with standard home cleaners that are full of harsh chemicals, you should refrain from using them on your natural stone as they can dull or chemically etch the surface of your marble/granite. Acid-based cleaners ruin the protective seal on your natural stone before breaking down and dissolving the minerals on the surface. This will make your natural stone appear as it has a hard water stain that will not go easily. This permanent damage, as a result, necessitates the costly assistance of a stone restoration specialist to repair.
Under its Stone Care Range, Roff offers premium quality products that help you maintain your natural stones. For instance, Roff Tenax Cera Fluida is a natural stone polish liquid that enhances the polish on natural stones.
Speaking of the uses of Tenax Cera Fluida, it restores polish and provides an immediate gloss effect to stones.
Timely care and maintenance will keep your natural stone looking wonderful and intact. Here are a few tips that you can follow:
Cleaning: It is advised to always use a gentle cleanser to clean your natural stones. This is because aggressive chemical cleaners can ruin the sealer or reduce its effectiveness. For the same, you can use our Brio Top/BRAVO PAVIMENTI.
Dealing with Spills: Wipe up the spills of items like fruit juice, coffee and teas, laundry powders, and more as they comprise acids or powerful chemicals that can ruin the sealer and adversely affect the stone. Use coasters under glasses to prevent even unseen spills.
Protecting from Heat: Do not place a microwaved dish directly onto the surface of your natural stones without using trivets or protective mats. It helps you avert chipping that can possibly occur.
Removing Stains: For effective stain removal, identify what kind of stain you are dealing with. Some of the dos and don’ts for the same are as follows:
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