Your Guide to Cleaning Stone Countertops
“What do I use when cleaning stone countertops?” After the chaos of your remodel is complete, and you’re relieved to be in your new, finished kitchen, this is usually the first question asked by many homeowners.
Never fear, Indiana! Peak Stone Company is here to educate you on the ins and outs of cleaning your stone countertops. We want to help ensure your stone stays as gorgeous as it was the day it was put in. Brew a cup of loose leaf from your local Indy Teas Me Café and get ready to delve into Stone Care 101. Don’t forget to hit that bookmark button so you can find these tips and tricks whenever you need them!
Day-to-Day Cleaning – The Quick Answer
The preferred and recommended method for cleaning stone countertops day-to-day, whether they are made of granite, engineered quartz, natural quartzite, marble, soapstone, (let’s take a breath here,) solid surface, tile, laminate, porcelain, wood, epoxy, concrete, or even sintered stone is, drumroll please…
Soap and water.
Yes! It’s really that simple. Plain, dish soap (without bleach) diluted with water in a cloth will take care of most spills while you’re working, or as you’re cleaning up after dinner. Dish soap is a neutral cleaner (pH 7 to 8) that will not harm natural stone or an engineered stone surface like quartz.
The pH scale is important to be aware of with any natural or engineered stone countertop, because any extreme on that scale can damage the material. We want to stay in the 7 to 8 range whenever possible. Check out this handy article from The Spruce that covers the pH of common household cleaners.
Stone 101 – The Detailed Answer
If you’re looking for more information, deep cleaning tips, or a list of cleaners to avoid on your variety of stone, we have created individual guides for our four most popular stone varieties. Please click on your stone below to go to its individual guide: