Preserving your counters during the Holidays

It’s the Holidays…One of the best times of the year, but also can be the most stressful.

Everyone is coming over to celebrate, eat, drink and be merry. This also means that they will be surrounding your beautiful marble, granite or quartz countertops. The kitchen is typically the most popular room during the holidays and food and beverages will be all over your countertops.

Preserving your counters during the HolidaysIf you have marble countertops, you are probably already skilled at handling spills. Marble is a beautiful, but it must be maintained carefully. Granite is stronger and less susceptible to stains than marble, but it too is a natural product and can be stained. Foods and beverages can stain or etch your stone, and some foods and beverages can be more harmful than others. If a glass of read wine hits your counters whether a drop or an entire glass, clean it up quickly.
But, do not worry, Carr Stone & Tile has some great tips and solutions to all of your holiday countertop problems.

So what can you do to help prevent damage to your countertops?

  1. Are your countertops sealed?  If you do not know, perform this short test to find out:  Take some water and put it on your counter.  After a couple minutes if the water starts to bead then you do not need to  reseal or seal your granite or marble.  If the water in being absorbed into the stone, then it needs to be sealed.  If your counter needs to be sealed call your local granite fabricator.  They have high quality sealers that are easy to apply.
  2. Just like wood furniture, use coaster with glasses for your counters. Make sure you have your guests use coasters, especially on the marble.  The last thing you want are marks from everyone’s red wine or food making a new pattern on your natural stone.
  3. Do not allow anyone to sit or stand on the countertops. This may sound like a strange tip, but stranger things happen during the holidays.
  4. Hot Stuff. If you are using quartz make sure you do not putting hot pans directly on the surface, you run the risk of melting or damaging your countertops.
  5. Stains happen.  If they do, call your fabricator as soon as possible.  There are different products they can use to try and remove the stain.

We hope these tips and solutions helps relieve some of the holiday stress in the kitchen.  HAPPY HOLIDAYS from Carr Stone & Tile!!