Stone bench tops are still hugely popular amongst homeowners and for good reason – they are beautiful and so durable that they will outlast most homeowners! The key to their longevity though is that they are taken care of properly. Here are some tips for taking care of stone bench tops the right way:

Durability Amongst Stone Types – All stone bench top materials are pretty durable but some are tougher than others. Granite can usually take the most punishment of all the stone choices but marble is actually a lot tougher than people might think. How durable limestone is will often depend upon where it comes from – French limestone is generally considered to be the best – but slate and soapstone, although very beautiful to look at, need a level of care that some homeowners might not want to commit to.

Sealing – Any stone bench top should be properly sealed when it is installed and then maintained according to the proper instructions from the installer or seller (usually once every few years) As a homeowner you may not know too much about sealing but it is easy to tell when stone has been properly sealed and then when it needs a touch up. When stone is properly sealed when plain water is dropped onto its surface the water will bead up.

Darker Stone is Harder to Keep Clean – Many homeowners believe that a lighter stone bench top will be harder to keep looking clean than a darker one. That is often not the case though because however well sealed the stone is telltale fingerprints are far more noticeable on a darker stone so they will actually need attending to more often.

Spills Should be Wiped Up Right Away – Stone is tough but that does not mean that they cannot be damaged if spills are allowed to sit for too long – especially if the spill is acidic in nature like citrus juices and vinegar. These spills can penetrate the porous stone if left unchecked, even if the stone is sealed, so they should be wiped up as soon as they are spotted.

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