Imagine Stoneworks will initially seal your stone as part of the installation. We suggest that all types of natural stone be sealed annually. Sealers fill in the pores, hindering the stone's absorption of stains. Resealing is a fairly easy process – it can be done with an inexpensive sealer in a matter of minutes. However, if you prefer to have a professional do it, we are available to reseal your stone for a nominal fee.
We recommend cleaning your stone with a stone safe daily cleaner that reinforces the sealer, or warm water and a mild dishwashing detergent (not lemon). Dry with a soft cloth to prevent water spots. The stone cleaner should be used periodically to remove residues from cooking oils and everyday food spills.
General all-purpose cleaners should NOT be used on your stone, especially if they contain lemon, vinegar, bleach, ammonia or any other acids. They will break down the sealer that is protecting your stone.
Using the wrong cleaners or abrasive cleaners could etch the surface and may leave a dull area on the stone. Professional refinishing is the only way to repair etch marks. We recommend a conservative, common sense, approach to all stone. If it is acidic, or abrasive, don't use it.
If something spills on your countertop or floor, immediately blot the spill with paper towels. Never wipe, or the spill will spread! Wash the area with Revitalizer or warm water and a mild detergent. Rinse several times and dry thoroughly with a clean, soft cloth.
Use coasters or mats under glasses and cups, especially if they contain alcohol, soft drinks or citrus juices. Trivets or mats should be put under your hot dishes or cookware. Place mats should go under china, ceramics, silver or any other objects that may scratch the surface of your stone.