Hello readers and welcome back to the Stonehouse Countertops’ blog! We’re so thrilled to have you here and to help give you more information about our favorite material on earth: Stone! 

Most people would imagine that having stone countertops of any kind is a symbol of wealth or upscale, luxury living, but it doesn’t have to be! There are so many different types of stone countertops to work with and many within a reasonable budget’s price range! Once the concept of price and budgeting is resolved though, the next thought goes to maintenance and upkeep. 

“How will I take care of my stone countertops?”

“Does my kind of stone need a special upkeep or care?”

And most importantly, “Where do I start?”

Well, we’re here to help you out readers because taking care of your shiny new countertops is easier than you may think! Different types of stone do have different kinds of advice for long term maintenance and care based on their material, and we’re excited to review that with you today!

Today we will be starting a blog series covering maintenance advice for six different types of stone people often utilize for their countertops:

  1. Granite
  2. Limestone
  3. Marble
  4. Quartz
  5. Soapstone
  6. Concrete

Are you excited? We are too! Let’s get started with our first two types of stone countertop materials: Granite and Limestone.

Granite Countertops

When people think of granite, they typically think of concrete’s ‘sister stone’ but there’s so much more to granite than it’s given credit for! Granite slabs come in a wide range of colors, formations, and designs which makes it a perfect choice for an even wider variety of kitchen aesthetics and decor styles. Every granite slab is a work of art and unique to itself, as they are naturally created in the earth! This concept is often a selling point for some individuals because of the natural connection that exists within each unique piece!  

Granite is naturally rough and textured, but every granite slab is ground and polished during the manufacturing and refinement process to give it a smooth, shiny surface that will best show off its many organic hues. These hues are created because of varied combinations of different minerals such as feldspar (for rich reds and pinks), quartz (for pinks, whites, and blacks), and mica (for brown or black veining). Those are just to name a few! 

Advantages of having granite countertops:

  • Granite is one of the most beautiful options for countertop materials because of its wide range of formulations and color palettes.
  • It’s a naturally occurring source that provides an eco friendly option for material.
  • Granite has excellent strength and durability with proper care.
  • Granite countertops are resistant to scratches and damage from heat or heated tools
  • Granite has good stain resistance and is easy to clean.

Disadvantages to having granite countertops:

  • If your granite is not sealed correctly it could be vulnerable to stains and harboring bacteria.
  • Corners may chip or break if heavy objects fall against them.
  • Granite can tend to be higher in price due to its higher quality. 

Our recommendations for taking care of granite countertops?

  • Limit your use of harsh cleaners like foaming bathroom cleaners, vinegar, or even lemon juice which can dull the finish of granite countertops.
  • Please always use a cutting board to prevent even slight scratches on the finished surface (we’ll recommend this with any countertop, really).
  • If you’re experiencing a deep stain that just won’t go away like red wine or beet juice, try a combination of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide until it’s a thick paste and spread over the stain. Cover the spot with plastic wrap and tape it down, and leave for 24 hours. The next day remove the plastic wrap and let it dry completely before wiping away. Repeat this process until the stain is gone and you’ll be good to go! You may want to take a look at getting your countertops resealed to prevent future staining as well, but most granite countertops these days are sealed effectively in manufacturing before you even choose them! 
  • And last but not least, daily cleaning! We recommend that you use a light combination of dishwasher detergent and water with a soft cloth or rag to give your countertops a quick wipe down. This will not only keep bacteria at bay, but keep your countertops looking brand new as time goes on!

Have we sold you on granite countertops yet? If so, we’d love for you to give us a call so we can help decorate your space with a unique and colorful granite slab of your own. Your own piece of artistic nature right within your home, what could be better?

If you’re still curious about the other types of stone slabs, keep reading! Next up is Limestone and we’re ready to give you all the details you need to know.

Limestone Countertops

Limestone countertops are a natural beauty that can be incorporated so perfectly with those who appreciate simplicity and minimalist decor. Limestone comes in gorgeous natural tones of tan, beige, brown, gray, and in some slabs a very pale shade close to eggshell or cream. Monuments and iconic buildings from around the world have utilized limestone for generations, such as the Lincoln Memorial, The Great Pyramids, The Empire State Building, and so on. It even has been known to be used to build residential homes for a specific style and appeal.

Limestone itself does require a little bit more maintenance and care than granite, but we believe it’s well worth it in the long haul. Your limestone countertops will reward you with a long lasting style you can count on to stand the test of time. In proving the test of time, limestone is created from sedimentary rock that’s formed and compressed over thousands of years. Because of this, this organic piece of art may often include impressions from shells and fossils! Doesn’t that sound perfect to use in a beach house or coastal home? We definitely think so!

Advantages to having limestone countertops:

  • Limestone is a natural beauty and can contain fragments of history!
  • Limestone can give the same high end look and feel of granite but with a more affordable price tag for some budgets. 
  • Some forms of limestone are as durable as granite.
  • If scratches do occur, and they’re not very deep, you may be able to buff them out with fine steel wool or using a bit of car polishing compound. Just be sure to wipe away afterwards and reseal the area!

Disadvantages of having limestone countertops:

  • Limestone needs to be resealed regularly, a good rule of thumb is once a year.
  • You have to be careful of setting hot pans directly onto the counters, or anything that could scratch the material.
  • Limestone is softer and more porous than other stones, so it can be susceptible to stains from darkly colored drinks and foods like red wine, black tea, coffee, etc. (But you can use the same stain removal technique we mentioned for granite on limestone too! Scroll back up if you need a refresher!)

Our recommendations for taking care of limestone countertops?

Limestone may be softer and more susceptible to scratches, but the gentle and simple beauty of this naturally occurring material is too amazing to ignore. We believe that with the right amount of care and upkeep, limestone countertops are very rewarding and perfectly suited for our beautiful carolina style! If you take care of your limestone countertops with regular cleaning, sealing, and tender love and care, we know it’ll be sure to reward you by lasting a lifetime! 

Have you enjoyed reading about Granite countertops and Limestone countertops? We hope so! Choosing between countertop materials can be a difficult task, but at the end of the day everyone here at Stonehouse Countertops wants to help you find the perfect material for you and your home! 

In our next blog we’ll be going over the next few countertop materials on our list so stay tuned and be sure to comment below if you have any questions or input! 

And last but not least, if granite or limestone countertops sound absolutely amazing for you and your needs, we would love to get into contact with you! All you need to do is reach out to us via phone or the contact form here on our website. We’ll get you connected to a member of our team that can put your stone countertop renovation dreams into motion, and really make it happen! We’re looking forward to seeing you next time readers, have a fantastic day!