Easy Care of Granite Countertops
Marblelife has made taking good care of your granite or quartz easy by providing both the information needed to understand why you should or should not do most things, as well as the highest quality granite care products. Caring for your granite or quartz is not difficult, it just take the proper knowledge and the right products.
The Marblelife Granite Care Kit has what you need to take great care of your granite or quartz and keep it looking beautiful. Visit the product page for each of the three granite products as this is where you will find a wealth of knowledge that will help prevent you from making common mistakes. The three granite products in these kits are Marblelife Granite & Quartz Countertop Cleaner (32 ounce spray), Marblelife Granite Countertop Sealer (4oz spray applied) and Marblelife Granite Countertop Gloss Conditioner (16 ounce).
These kits come with and without the 6” Orbiting Buffer which can be helpful when applying the gloss conditioner or in deep cleaning your granite countertops. The buffer is not necessary at all. It just may be helpful on larger surfaces. This is completely your choice. In addition to these kits microfiber towels are of a great help in caring for granite countertops. Together with Marblelife Granite Countertop Cleaner they help provide a quicker, better clean with streak-free shine being easier than ever.
Granite Care Countertop Kit contains:
- Granite Countertop Cleaner 32oz Spray
- Granite Countertop Sealer 4oz Spray
- Granite Countertop Gloss Conditioner 8oz
- 6” Orbiting Buffer (optional by kit)
(Services up to 150 square feet of granite or quartz surface)
Below are listed some benefits of this Marblelife Granite Countertop Kit:
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[accordion_item title=”Healthier For You & Safer for Granite and Quartz”]Many products today that claim to be safe for use on granite are not. Granite is a resilient surface, but can be damaged by some acids, ammonia and other chemicals in popular cleaners which are also not good for you the one using it.
Using products with heavy chemical fumes is not good for humans. We have made this sealer a low odor product for your health benefit. It does have a faint solvent smell, however it is far less than most others.
More importantly, less effective sealers allow oils and grease to become trapped within the pores of your granite kitchen countertop or bathroom vanity. Oils and grease then become rancid and breed bacteria this is unhealthy for your family.
Marblelife Care Products help provide you the peace of mind that you are taking the best care possible of your Granite or Quartz surfaces and doing your best to help keep your family and pets healthy and safe.[/accordion_item]
[accordion_item title=”Faster & Easier”]Marblelife Care Products are designed for a professional to quickly and very effectively restore and protect the beauty of granite and quartz without causing damage to the surface, while being safe for the user. This makes for an extremely pleasant experience for the residential or commercial user with no more frustration or disappointments. Marblelife Care Products are supported free of charge by Marblelife Cleaning Consultants. If something doesn’t seem to be working right or you simply have a question, please feel free to call at any time. Whether you already purchased a Marblelife Product or are considering it, they are available for you. Marblelife Customer Care: CustomerCare@marblelife.com or 1-866-653-9737.[/accordion_item]
[accordion_item title=”Eco-friendly & Made in America”]Marblelife Care Products are the highest quality and are Eco-friendly and yet highly effective. Marblelife further embraces Eco-friendly manufacturing & recycling practices. More than just Eco-friendly, Marblelife Care Products help reduce the amount of indoor health issues by providing a better cleaning process that results in less odors, viruses and bacteria in your home. Marblelife Care Products don’t provide this through pesticides, but through a more thorough cleaning that helps remove the causes of the problem.
All Marblelife Care Products are and have been manufactured in America for over twenty five years. They are manufactured in Lake Mary, Florida by Marblelife Distribution which is and has been an American owned and operated company for over twenty five years.[/accordion_item]
About Granite Countertops & Vanities
Beautiful and resilient. These are two of the biggest reasons behind the popularity of granite and quartz in kitchen countertops and bathroom vanities. These beautiful natural surfaces resist scratches and burns and don’t easily stain. Many granite surfaces can however be stained by common things like red wine, red sports drink, coffee, bar-b-que sauce, ketchup, mustard, and makeup just to name a few.
Granite has pores which are very small pits and holes that can trap oils, food and bacteria and allow in materials that can result in a stain. Keeping these pores clean is the primary objective in caring for granite countertops and vanities.
Imagine a large piece of white coral, too large to pickup. This is kind of what granite looks like under a microscope. Picture rubbing old dark bacon grease on the piece of coral and working it in over a long period of time. Now try to clean the grease out of the coral. Since this is an analogy of your kitchen granite countertop a pressure washer is out of the question. You also can use harmful solvents. Again, keep in mind that this is the same surface that you prepare food on.
This analogy is a good picture of what you are up against in cleaning granite countertops. What’s worse is what happens to the grease after it’s been there for months or more. The answer is that it becomes rancid and gives off an odor. It also harbors bacteria that are now living in the rancid grease. This is the biggest reason why you want a high quality granite cleaner and not the common big name or store bought stuff. Also the trapped dark grease had made the once white coral look dull and dark.
The reason we recommend our Marblelife Granite Cleaner, Sealer and Gloss Conditioner is not just because it our brand, it is because after 25 years of servicing granite these are the best we can find. We believe that you, your family and pets deserve a clean, safe and brilliant looking countertop to enjoy. More than just selling products, we hope that we can help make your like just that much better.
About Quartz Countertops & Vanities
Granite and Quartz are very similar in that granite contains quartz along with feldspar and mica. These are igneous rocks that were formed through the cooling of magma in the earth’s crust. Most of our mountains are largely granite. The difference in caring for these two comes largely when quartz is combined with man-made synthetic materials as this now becomes a hybrid product, part natural and part man made. This makes a significant change in how to care for the two surfaces.
When quartz is combined with a synthetic material like in Silestone as a good brand example, the pores of the quartz are now filled with the synthetic material. This means that granite sealers or granite polishes are of no benefit as the pores, they need to function and protect are no longer available.
Man-made quartz countertops are a great option for some and offer a more uniform appearance and are less likely to stain, though they are not stain-proof. A good quartz cleaner is the best and only real product that you should need with quartz countertops. Marblelife Granite & Quartz Countertop Cleaner is the best cleaner for granite, natural quartz and man-made quartz materials.
Common Mistakes Cleaning Granite Countertops & Quartz
You may be surprised to learn that there are common mistakes that occur thousands of times a day by people caring for natural stone based on what a label said or someone’s had told them to do. We know this because we are the ones that they call once the damage had been done and they need help. We want you to have a pleasant experience with your granite countertop or quartz vanity and are happy to share these mistakes or misconceptions with you.
Though granite and quartz are not as easily damages by mild acids like marble, they can still be damaged by the use of some acids. Glass clears often contain ammonia this is not good for granite and many common household cleaners and multipurpose cleaners can be harmful for your granite surface.
Why do I need a fancy cleaner for my granite or quartz? This is a frequent question. The truth is that you can clean your granite with all kinds of common cleaners and home made products with what will seem like not problem for some time, until you eventually notice the problem. Don’t be fooled by this myth that popular cleaning products and home made products or just good old fashion dish soap are OK. They are not.
We have put together a section of common myths regarding household cleaning of sensitive surfaces called “Quick Tips” in our Homeowner University. These are to help you avoid falling into these very common traps and eventually needing repairs. Some that you will want to note regarding granite and quartz are the truth about vinegar, bleach, alcohol, dish soap, using only water, common cleaners and multifunction products.
The Proper Care of Cleaning Granite & Quartz
Step 1 “Cleaning Granite” – Cleaning is the first and most important step in caring for Granite and Quartz. Make sure to use a granite cleaner that is both safe to not damage your stone as well as one that will actually remove the oils that get trapped in the pores. Additionally, your cleaner should not leave a residue. Marblelife’s cleaner is not the only product that is safe and effective. It’s just that over 25 years of worldwide service of natural stone, this is the best we have experienced and what we use.
Step 2 “Sealing Granite” – Sealing your granite or quartz is the second and next most important step in caring for your granite and quartz. Sealing your granite or quartz provides both protection against stains and helps make step one cleaning easier for you. Since harmful oils and some substances can stain your beautiful stone, it is important to use a very high quality sealer.
A high quality granite countertop sealer should help keep out damaging oils and substances that would otherwise stain your beautiful countertop or vanity top. By applying a granite sealer you also help make daily cleaning quicker and easier. Sealing your granite or quartz should be done in most cases annually and in high use / high traffic areas, maybe twice a year. Marblelife Granite Countertop Sealer is an extremely high quality sealer that makes sealing your countertop affordable, quick and easy.
Step 3 “Polishing Granite” – This step is not actually polishing granite since this would actually take the use of professional honing pads and a professional’s experience. The best part is that in the majority of cases that someone insist that their granite needs to be polished, it only needed to have the residue removed. This can easily be done by you with Marblelife Granite & Quartz Countertop Cleaner and by following the direction below.
After cleaning and sealing granite the only remaining step may be applying a gloss conditioner such as Marblelife’s Granite Countertop Gloss Conditioner. The truth is that a good portion of granite and quartz will not take a gloss conditioner or “polish”. The best way to see if your granite will take a gloss conditioner is to try one like Marblelife’s to see if you get a noticeable improvement. If you do than simply as often or as seldom as you prefer to add that richer wetter look. If there is no noticeable difference, then you can save yourself the trouble of trying different products because your granite is too dense to accept anything safe that would enhance its appearance.
Repairing Granite or Quartz – You can now see that caring for your granite or quartz is simple yet care must be taken to use the right products and procedures to ensure its best appearance. Should your stone have cracks, scratches, other damage or require any service beyond that described above, it is recommended that you contact your local Marblelife Service Professional for the best care possible.
Directions: Marblelife Granite Countertop Kit
Step 1 “Deep Granite Cleaning” – This is the first and most important step. Carefully follow the instructions found on the Marblelife Granite Countertop Cleaner page.
Step 2 “Applying the Sealer” – This is the second important step. Please visit the Marblelife Granite Countertop Sealer page for helpful information and instruction that will help to insure you have a pleasant granite sealing experience. Sealer is not needed if your quartz is combined with a synthetic resin.
Step 3 “Applying the Gloss Conditioner” – Polishing granite or more correctly said applying a gloss conditioner to your granite countertops of vanities is the final optional step. This step is not needed in the proper care of granite. It is only done to enhance the color and shine of your granite. Remember that not all granite will take a polish or conditioner. Marblelife Granite Countertop Gloss Conditioner is an very affordable way to determine how your granite will look after a gloss conditioner. If it doesn’t take there is no harm to the granite and you can save your time and money on experimenting with a multitude of disappointing product experiments. Gloss conditioners are not used on man-made synthetic versions of quartz. Please visit the Marblelife Granite Countertop Gloss Conditioner page for more specific directions on the use of this product.
Removing Stains – There are many different types of granite and quartz with various degrees of porousness and many types of substances that could stain the stone. Therefore, there are just as many techniques for removing stains. The simplest way to remove simple stains is to use Marblelife Granite Countertop Cleaner. Clean area thoroughly first with this cleaner then spray a puddle of this same cleaner over the stain and let it soak for about 10 minutes. After allowing to soak scrub with a tooth brush and wipe off with a microfiber towel. This should resolve most simple, light stains. For more difficult stain removal contact Marblelife Customer Care at 1-866-653-9737 or CustomerCare@Marblelife.com for help determining the best method for removing the specific stain on your specific granite.
For More Assistance
If you have questions about how to best care for your stone, would like help in choosing the right products or would like assistance solving a problem, please contact us. We absolutely enjoy assisting you and have over 25 years compiled a wealth of knowledge that we are eager to share with you. You can email us at CustomerCare@Marblelife.com or call us toll free at 1-866-653-9737.