Why Natural Stone Countertops Need Maintenance
While natural stone is a great material for countertops due to its strength and beauty, it is also a serious responsibility. The investment you make in limestone, marble, slate, quartzite, and other popular stone types needs to be protected from threats that degrade their appearance:
Dirt. As it builds porous natural stone, dulling the surface, dirt can’t be thoroughly cleaned using most household cleaners without chemically etching the surface.
Acid. Many common liquids including juices, sodas, coffee and bleach can dull the finish of many stone types.
Liquids. Oils and colorful liquids can stain the surface or even form an unattractive green or brown film (called a patina) over time.
Evaporation. Water can get into the stone and then evaporate, leaving a white residue behind that degrades the natural color.
Etching. Softer stone can scratch easily from the everyday use of cooking utensils, or when cleaned with abrasive brushes.
Chipping. Unattractive chips and holes can develop in many stone types from the impact of heavy objects or simply everyday wear.
All this can eventually add up to a costly replacement. Thankfully, with professional treatment and maintenance, you can repair the damage and prevent future degradation.
Stone Restoration Services Beautifies and Protects Your Natural Stone Countertops
When you choose SRS, your countertops can look as striking as the day they were first installed, and you’ll be able to enjoy them for years to come.
Basic Countertop Cleaning, Finishing and Sealing
We begin by carefully and thoroughly cleaning the surface with gentle products safe for the most sensitive types of natural stone.
We use top-grade polishers with delicate, specialty abrasives to produce a natural-looking matte or soft satin finish.
By applying a gentler touch, appropriate buffing pads and powders, we can produce a smoother satin or brilliant, reflective finish.
Whether you prefer a matte, satin or brilliant finish, we apply a safe, professional sealant to ensure your desired look is protected.