Caring For Granite, Marble, and Other Natural Stone

CLEANING STONE

Regular cleaning and maintenance with a mild soap and water will keep your vanity looking new, but things like hair dye, makeup, liquid hand soaps, coffee, red wine and oil can leave stains on your vanity top. If any of these substances comes in contact with the stone, wipe up the spill as soon as possible. For tougher stains, see our stain removal tips below.

SEALING STONE
Not all stone needs to be sealed, but generally it benefits from a sealing product. Typically, a resin treatment is applied to the stone at time of manufacture. We recommend that you apply a stone sealer after the top is installed, and then periodically apply sealant after that. Sealing is important for preserving the finish and will not alter the appearance of the stone.

After the stone is sealed, it is easy to maintain. Natural stone can still stain, however, if spills are not cleaned up right away. Sealing and polishing are not difficult, and they help resist the absorption of spills.

The absorbency of the stone — and its exposure to water or weathering — will determine how often sealing is needed. We recommend sealing natural stone at least every few years, and some areas might need it more frequently. The less you reseal, the more the stone will show an aged look, which some people prefer.

 

Option #1 - Cornstarch Remedy

     
  What You'll Need:
• Cornstarch
• Vacuum
 
   
     
  Step 1:
Cover the stain in cornstarch.
 
   
     
  Step 2:
Let the cornstarch sit for 18-24 hours. At this point the cornstarch should absorb the stain, and draw it out of the vanity top.
 
   
     
  Step 3:
Vacuum up the cornstarch. If the entire stain has not been lifted repeat these steps necessary.
 
   
 

Option #2 - Steam

     
  What You'll Need:
• Iron
• Towel
 
   
     
  Step 1:
Wet your towel with warm water and lay it over the stain.
 
   
     
  Step 2:
Place the iron on full steam on the towel. This breaks down the stain and lifts it from the stone. If the stain is not lifted use a poultice to draw it out after is has broken down.
 
   
 

Option #3 - Poultice

     
  What You'll Need:
• Water
• Flour or baking soda
• Hydrogen peroxide for light stone, dishwashing detergent for dark colored stone
• Plastic wrap
• Wooden spoon or other wooden utensil
 
   
     
  Step 1:
Blot the stain with a cloth to lift as much as possible.
 
   
     
  Step 2:
Combine the ingredients to form a paste.
 
   
     
  Step 3:
Wet the stain with water and cover it with a thick layer of the paste mixture. Extend the mixture out 1" around the stain on all sides.
 
   
     
  Step 4:
Cover the mixture with plastic wrap to keep it from drying out too quickly, and let it sit 24 hours.
 
   
     
  Step 5:
Remove the paste by scraping with a wooden utensil to avoid scratching the stone.
 
   
     
  Step 6:
Wash with mild soap and water and repeat as necessary until the stain is removed.
 
   
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