Granite Care & Maintenance

Next to diamonds, granite is the hardest stone on earth. It is not recommended that you cut directly on the polished
surface; you may or may not damage the stone, but you’ll definitely dull your knives! Marble is softer than granite;
limestone and travertine are usually softer yet. Generally, the softer the stone, the more porous and more susceptible
to scratching and staining it will be. Food, juice, beauty products, etc. must be cleaned up promptly.

General Care

To dust the stone, use a clean dry cloth.  Wipe up spills promptly. Clean with mild clear dish soap.

•    Do not use abrasive cleaners. 
•    Do not use colored glass cleaners.  
•    Do not use furniture polishes, waxes or similar oil based products.  
•    Dried foods can be cleaned off using 000 steel wool.  
•    Lime build-up should be removed with a single-sided razor blade like removing paint from glass.
•    NO CHEMICALS, NO VINEGAR.

A pH balanced stone soap can be purchased from BGW. We offer both an aerosol can, perfect for countertops,
as well as a liquid concentrate, perfect for cleaning larger areas such as shower surrounds, tub decks and flooring.
We recommend a thorough cleaning with stone soap once a week.

Just Installed

If your project is still under construction, cover your new tops with drop cloths. Treat them with care. Workers should
never place their tools on top of them. A dropped hammer in just the right place can chip or crack your natural stone.
No one should ever stand or kneel on your countertops… use a ladder! Don’t let workers step on the tops. Natural stone
is porous. You or your contractor should avoid using petroleum-based adhesives and putties like “Liquid Nails” and
plumber’s putty. The oils in these products will leech into the stone and leave a grease spot that will not come out.
This can also happen with iron objects (e.g. nail heads, flashing) which can rust under the stone and leach to the surface.
Your contractor should use stainless or galvanized fasteners and supports in any application where the stone will be
installed in wet areas.

Stone Sealers

Before leaving our shop, your stone is impregnated with a fifteen-year sealer. This will not prevent stains but will help
the stone resist stains. After that time, we recommend that a good silicone stone sealer be applied on an annual basis.
You can purchase a quart of silicone impregnator from BGW which will provide for multiple applications, or we can come
out and apply another fifteen-year sealer.

Stain Removal

Most stains will require the use of poultice. This holds the cleaning agent on the stain until the cleaner has been able
to do its work. Poultices can be used on organic stains like tea, coffee and flowers; oil stains like buttermilk, cream
(including hand and face lotion) olive and other cooking oils, salad oils, and mustard; and rust stains from steel wool,
metal flower pots, some soils, nails, bolts, screws, cans, etc. A baking soda poultice will often be sufficient in removing
stains. Make a paste using water. Apply it to the stain and cover it with a glass turned upside down or tape plastic over
the stain. Allow this to soak 24 hours (keeping the paste moist). Repeat as necessary. If a stain remains after the baking
soda method is tried, a pre-mixed poultice product can be purchased through BGW.

Try out any cleaner or stain remover on an inconspicuous place to make sure it isn’t going to discolor the stone.