Sandstone is a material that has been continually gaining popularity as a countertop because of its texture, appearance and its many other uses. It has been used to build a wide range of things from bathrooms, kitchens and various construction projects. As beautiful as these sandstone furnishings are, they also need special care to maintain their condition. Sandstone can be ruined easily and when it is ruined, it would be difficult, if not impossible to fix. Here are some tips how to clean and maintain sandstone countertops.
- Keep a piece of sandstone that you can use to experiment cleaners with. If you do not know anything about cleaning sandstone materials and you are not sure about the cleaner you want to use, you can use the sandstone to see the effects so that if you make a mistake, you won’t ruin the whole thing. If you were not able to keep one, you can use an inconspicuous area for testing.
- As soon as you acquire your sandstone countertops, make sure to do sealing to protect the material. Since the methods for sealing are different for each product, you should read the label and instructions first and follow directions to ensure effective use of the product.
- When you are done sealing the sandstone, you just have to maintain the seal. The best method to keep sandstone countertops clean is by being careful of what you do around them. Clean spillages by wiping them with a clean cloth immediately, as theses spillages can penetrate and are absorbed by the sandstone. You do not want this to happen. Simply use mild cleaners that are untinted, unscented and pH balanced in order not to damage your countertop. Try to avoid acidic materials getting on your countertop since it could easily damage and remove the polished surface.
- If you are cleaning built up dirt on your countertop, use a soft bristled toothbrush to try to get it out. Do not use abrasive materials on your sandstone countertops, as you might cause more harm than good. You might scratch the surface of the stone where it could be easily seen and noticed. These damages are usually irreversible and the only way to make it right is to change the sandstone you are using.
- If you use cleaners, you need to make sure that you rinse and dry the affected area immediately. These cleaners can produce stains and damage your sandstone when left to sit and penetrate the stone. This can happen no matter what type of cleaner you use.
- Make sure to test out any new cleaners you are planning to use before actually applying them to your countertops. This is to make sure that the effects of the chemicals that you are using are acceptable to you.
Sandstone countertops look beautiful and if you want to keep them that way you need to take care of them. This means that you need to put extra effort than normal. If you do, your countertop will last a long, long time.