From granite countertops to slate floors, natural stone is found throughout many kitchens. While these beautiful products enhance the look and style of any space, they require special care when used in the kitchen to help keep them looking their best.
With a few exceptions, most types of natural stone that are used in the kitchen are porous and likely to absorb moisture or stain. Many of these same stones are also susceptible to acids and alkalines – both of which get used frequently in the kitchen in the form of the food you’re cooking. Upon coming into prolonged contact with something like lemon juice, your granite counter or limestone floor could come away with an etch mark, or dull spot if they aren’t protected.
When you get your natural stone installed, take a few minutes to conduct the water and lemon test on a small, inconspicuous area. Pour a small amount of water and a small amount of lemon juice onto the stone and leave it for an hour before wiping it up. If you notice a change in the stone after you wipe away the spills, your stone needs to be protected.
Apply a coat of an impregnating sealer to your stone yearly to help impede stains. Always wash your natural stone with a neutral PH cleanser, and wipe up any spills as soon as you notice them. Sealers are not 100% foolproof; they are meant to help give you time to wipe up the spill before it stains your counter.
If you have a calcium-based stone in your kitchen, such as marble, travertine, or limestone, consider using a sealer made for extra-porous stones, and keep in mind that these materials are more likely to etch.
Natural stone will immediately enhance the look and style of any kitchen. Protect the stone in your kitchen to help prolong its life.