Hey friends! Today I’m writing about one of my least favorite chores… my natural stone countertop maintenance. Don’t get me wrong, they are totally worth the extra hassle for the beauty that you get. It’s quite a process though. Luckily it isn’t an every day or even every year task. If you’re interested in learning about how I keep my dolomite countertops looking brand new keep reading. Below you can find my 4 tips for natural stone countertop maintenance. This method should work well for dolomite, quartzite, granite and marble too based on my research.
Why I Chose Super White Dolomite Countertops
We renovated our kitchen 4 years ago. At the time I wanted a bright white kitchen but I was scared of putting in marble countertops based on what other people had told me about maintenance. That said, I knew I didn’t want to go dark and that I wanted natural stone.
When I saw the super white slab at the stone yard I fell in love. It had different tones of gray and the prettiest marbling. It was labeled as quartzite but I later found out that it was actually dolomite (apparently this is very common). I’m not going to lie, I was so nervous about putting this stone in our kitchen. My worst fear was that I was going to spend several thousand dollars on new counters that were going to stain, etch and chip right away and look terrible over time. Well, I’m so happy to tell you that my countertops look just as good today as they did the day they were installed (4 years ago).
Here is a terrible picture of our kitchen remodel during the process. As I said, this was four years ago which was well before I had the idea to start this blog. Not the best quality picture so sorry about that. At this point I was in the process of painting the cabinets. The old countertops were a laminate that looked like wood. They weren’t terrible but I wanted natural stone.
This picture was taken the day that the new super white dolomite counters were installed.
Natural Stone Countertop Maintenance – 4 Tips!
Now, let’s talk about how I’ve kept my super white dolomite countertops looking brand new for so long. It’s actually much easier than I thought it would be.
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Tip 1 – Seal your countertops
After your countertops are installed, use a good quality countertop sealer to protect the natural stone from stains and etching. The supplier that I purchased the countertops from recommended StoneTech Heavy Duty Sealer and it has worked great for me! I bought the quart size bottle and it was enough for me to seal my countertops 2 times. I did this immediately after they were installed and again 6 months later. After that I could follow the manufacturers recommendation of every 3-5 years.
Tip 2 – Don’t let stains sit
This tip is pretty obvious. If you get a stain on the natural stone wipe it off as soon as you notice. At first I would stress ever time I would see a stain and then buff it out like a psycho but time and time again I’ve noticed a coffee stain that had been sitting there for a week or a wine stain that sat overnight (Don’t judge!). They came out just fine. I don’t know that it would be that easy had I not used a good sealer though.
Tip 3 – Use a natural stone cleaner
On a daily basis I use an inexpensive natural stone cleaner to wipe down my dolomite countertops. I’ve tried a few but I really like the 409 Stone and Steel Cleaner. I see it at most of the stores in Cincinnati so it’s readily available. Every few months I use a heavier duty cleaner called StoneTech Soap Scum Remover. It’s meant to remove soap scum but works wonders on my kitchen counters too.
The worst thing that you can do for natural stone countertops like marble, quartzite and dolomite is to use a cleaner that is too harsh. If you use an all purpose cleaner that isn’t meant for natural stone you’ll leave etch marks all over the place. We learned this the hard way in our bathroom. If that happens to you, check out this post on how to remove etch marks from marble.
Tip 4 – Fill any stone pits that form over time
Small voids in the stone will appear over time. There were probably many of these in the slab when you purchased it and the supplier filled them with an acrylic. You don’t have to be a professional to do this at home. There are several kits available online that come with the acrylic and a light to cure it. I purchased the ProCaliber Products Granite & Marble & Quartz & Stone Chip & Nick Repair and Fill Kit . Last week I did this for the first time and it turned out great. Here are some photos of the process.
First I marked off the spots where there were voids in the stone.
This may look like a lot since the spots are so close but it was mostly in one area of the countertops. They tend to happen near each other if they are going to form at all. I had 6 on this countertop.
Only 2 on this countertop.
And a single spot on the last countertop.
The process was very easy. First you inject the acrylic into the void.
Then you cover it with the plastic sheet and use the light that was included to cure the acrylic.
After it cures you sand and buff the spots.
Honestly, the biggest hassle of the 3-5 year maintenance process is clearing everything off of your countertops and not using them for an entire day or more.
Super White Dolomite Countertops 4 years later
I said it before and I’ll say it again. My dolomite countertops look just as good today as they did 4 years ago when they were installed. If you avoid letting spills sit for too long, don’t drop anything heavy on them that chips the surface, seal them every few years and fill the stone voids I’m certain you will have similar results. If I moved again I would definitely choose dolomite for my countertop surface. I read a lot on the internet about how easily these counters chipped and stained but I can happily say that I haven’t experience that with my kitchen countertops.
If you are considering super white dolomite or have any other questions about maintenance please leave a comment. I’m by no means an expert on this subject but I’ve learned a lot over the past four years and have had a great result. I hope that you found these 4 tips to maintain dolomite countertops helpful!
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