Maintenance for Granite and Natural Stone

Granite and Natural Stone

Natural stone is inherently hard and durable, and thus an ideal material for kitchen countertops and bathroom vanities. With proper care and maintenance, your natural stone countertop can last for decades, be it granite, marble, or travertine. Observance of this Care & Maintenance Guide will help you prolong the life of your new stone countertops.

Natural stone (granite, marble, travertine, limestone, etc.) needs to be cleaned regularly to maintain its natural sheen and vitality. See your local Granite Expo retail associate for a list of specialty cleaning agents carried at Granite Expo stores, or e-mail us at


* Clean stone surfaces with a few drops of non-acidic soap scum remover, a mild liquid dishwashing detergent or denatured alcohol.

*  Use a specialty cleaning agent made especially for natural stone. These specialty cleaning agents will remove oil, residue, and help clean up everyday food or bath and beauty product spills.

*  Thoroughly rinse and dry the surface after washing.

* Too much cleaner or soap may leave a film and cause streaks.

*  Blot up spills immediately.


* Do not use products that contain lemon, vinegar or other acid content that may etch the surface.

* Do not use abrasive cleaners such as dry cleaners or soft cleansers.

*  Do not use cleaners that contain acids such as bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners, or tile cleaners.

* Do not apply acetone or any type of paint thinner.

*  Do not mix bleach and ammonia; this combination creates a toxic and lethal gas.

*  Frequent or over-use of soap scum remover could result in dulling the surface of the stone.