10310 Moncreiffe Rd. Suite 107
Raleigh NC 27617
Tel. 919-782-4237
CityRock Countertops

Natural Stone Care & Maintenance

Do's and Don'ts

The easiest way to keep your stone looking great is to avoid bad habits that may damage it.


If you follow our suggestions as presented in the Natural Stone Care and Maintenance Page for all your countertops, no matter what type of stone or surface, you'll eliminate most potential problems without ever having to think about it or worry that you may be causing damage.

Do: Blot up spills immediately. Acidic substances like wine, coffee, fruit juices, tomato sauce and sodas will not etch granite like they do marble, but they could potentially stain the surface if left for too long. Cooking oils may also leave a stain if not wiped up.

Do: Clean surfaces using a sponge or soft cloth. Using a specially formulated stone cleaner like Fila Brio is recommended to keep your tops in the best condition and protect the sealer, but hot water will do for quick clean-ups. Dish soap won't permanently damage your granite, but repeated use of soap will cause build-up (yes, even if you rinse) and dull your countertop's shine. So, using dish soap for regular granite counter top care is not recommended.

Do: Use coasters under all glasses, bottles and cans. Again, granite won't etch and using coasters on dense and/or properly sealed granite is not an absolute necessity. But is recommended to use them with marble.

Do: Use trivets and hot pads under pots & pans. Granite is very hard and can take tons of abuse without any significant damage. You can take a hot pot off the stove and put it right on granite or soapstone countertops without any problems. But other stones like marble and limestone are softer and different geological composition than granite. They cannot take the sudden heat and they do scratch. Grit that gets trapped between the pot and the countertop surface may scratch the surface. If it does happen, don't fret too much. Most chips and scratches can be repaired, but it's best to avoid them by following the counter top care tips. 

Do: Use cutting boards. Again, avoid the possibility of scratching the surface and protect your knives. Cutting on stone will dull and damage your knives' edges quickly.

Don't: use generic cleaning products such as bleach, glass cleaners, de-greasers or other common household cleaners. These products that you buy at your local store contain acids, alkalis and other chemicals that will degrade the granite sealer (and will etch marble) leaving the stone more vulnerable to staining.


Don't: use vinegar, ammonia, lemon or orange as cleaners. Again, most common and name-brand household products are not good for cleaning granite countertops (and definitely cannot be used for marble, travertine or most other stones)

Don't: store toiletry products directly on your countertop surface. Hair products, perfumes, colognes, nail products, creams, lotions and potions have a tendency to spill or leak and go overlooked.

Even when sealed, a substance that remains on the surface for an extended period may stain granite (and etch marble and other stones). Practice proactive granite counter top care by storing these products on a shelf or decorative tray like they do in fancy hotels!