How to Care for Granite & Stone
While Granite, Quartz, Marble and other stones are popular choices for kitchen countertops, they do require special care and attention. Many of these stones are sensitive to harsh chemicals, can harbor viruses and bacteria, can dull over time, and are porous so it is important to select a set of products to address all of your stone care needs.
Cleaning & Disinfecting Granite & Stone
Granite & Stone countertops are the heart of our kitchens, they assist in food preparations for every meal. One thing is certain, wherever food prep occurs cleaning and disinfecting before and after is important. Keeping countertops clean and disinfected is the key to ensuring bacteria and viruses will not make your family sick. At Weiman, we pride ourselves on beautifying surfaces while ensuring your family's safety. Early this year, we released our new Weiman Granite & Stone Daily Clean & Shine with Disinfectant this is safe for use on stone surfaces while also killing bacteria and viruses. Weiman Granite & Stone Daily Clean & Shine with Disinfectant kills common household germs including E. Coli, Salmonella, Staph, Influenza A, and Human Coronavirus.
To keep granite and other stone surfaces looking their best on a daily basis, just remember these three words: Clean. Shine. Disinfect.
Household cleaners, including some all-purpose disinfectants and glass cleaners, are made from harsh or abrasive chemicals that can dull or damage granite and stone. To properly clean, shine and disinfect all-natural stone surfaces, you need to use a product that’s formulated to kill 99.9% of germs and bacteria* while still being safe to use on sealed stone surfaces. A perfect example is Weiman Granite & Stone Daily Clean & Shine with Disinfectant. Designed specifically for sealed stone surfaces, including granite, marble, limestone, slate, and glazed tile. Weiman makes daily maintenance easy. It’s important to clean and disinfect granite and stone countertops daily to kill germs and bacteria that can live on the surface.
How To Disinfect With Weiman Granite & Stone Daily Clean & Shine With Disinfectant
- Pre-clean heavily soiled areas.
- Apply this product to hard, non-porous non-food contact surfaces with a brush, cloth, sponge, or hand pump trigger spray device.
- For spray applications, hold container 6 to 8 inches from surface. Do not breathe spray.
- For disinfection, treated surfaces must remain wet for 10 minutes.
- Wipe up excess liquid or allow to air dry.
- Change solution daily or when visibly dirty.
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Polishing Granite & Stone
For added shine and protection, be sure to polish your countertops weekly with Weiman Granite & Stone 3-IN-1 Clean, Polish, Protect. It instantly restores dull, faded countertops and helps resist stains. Plus, it enhances the natural color & veining of your stone.
How to use Weiman Granite & Stone Polish:
- Shake the bottle well and spray directly onto surface.
- Wipe with a dry, clean cloth in a circular motion.
- Buff away with another clean cloth to achieve a polished, sparkling shine
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Sealing Granite & Stone
Sealing is also a critical step in preserving the beauty of granite & stone countertops. Natural stone is porous so food, oil, and water can seep into the stone causing stains if the seal isn’t properly maintained. To help prevent stains, use a penetrating sealer, like Weiman Granite & Stone Sealer. It forms flexible, molecular links in each pore of granite/stone, protecting the surface from watermarks and preventing stains from being absorbed into the stone.
How to use Weiman Granite & Stone Sealer:
Liberally spray the entire surface until it is evenly wet. Do not oversaturate. If sealer is absorbed immediately, apply another application to the surface. Allow sealer to penetrate surface for 5 minutes. Wipe in a circular motion with a clean cotton towel or cloth to remove any excess sealer. If excess sealer dries on the surface, spray more sealer and wipe off immediately with a clean cotton towel. Allow 4 - 6 hours for the surface to completely dry. For extra protection, apply a second coat.
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How often do you need to reseal?
Though it varies based on your stone and amount of use, on average stone should be sealed about every 6–12 months.
Make sure to test the seal on high-use areas frequently to ensure they’re protected. Simply sprinkle a little water across the surface and wait about 15 minutes. If the water sits on top of the stone, then it is sealed properly. If the water creates dark spots on the stone, then it is time to re-seal.
Don’t worry if you seal on top of an existing seal. That’s just extra protection!
- Seal sinks and countertops more often because the seal on high-use surfaces can wear out faster than normal. And don’t forget to seal under the lips of sinks!
- Countertop edges require at least 2 applications. Seal edges until there is no water absorption.
- Please note, the sealer will not affect the finish of your granite/stone and will not add shine.