It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and that means that your home will soon be filled with friends, in-laws, and the neighborhood gang. But is your home ready for the inevitable influx of holiday guests? If not, don’t panic – these quick tips will have your kitchen looking perfect in a flash!
CLEAN IT UP
While you may be very proactive about wiping up spaghetti sauce spills and red wine drips, your countertops still need a little extra TLC once in awhile. Use this time before the holiday season to do a deep cleaning to have your stone looking its absolute best. Depending on the materials in your kitchen, stains may disappear using a basic solution of dish soap and water, while others may require a DIY-paste such as baking soda and water. Our rule of thumb? Always avoid cleaners that contain acidic substances such as lemon, vinegar, bleach and ammonia, and check with a member of the Cutstone team if you are unsure of the right cleaning solution. You can check out some more tips on countertop maintenance here.
If your countertops are looking a little dull, then it may be time to give it a fresh sealing. Sealing is typically applied at the time of installation, but the sealer doesn’t last forever. Countertop materials, such as granite and marble, need to be sealed once to year to enhance the natural sheen and protect it against potential spills. To determine whether or not your countertops need to be sealed, you can perform the water test by sprinkling a few drops of water onto the surface and tracking how long it takes for the water to absorb.
While many natural stones are tough and extremely durable, they are not bullet-proof. Cracks, scratches and chips can happen, which take away from the beauty of your stone. The method for repairs can vary based on the size of the damage and the material, so it’s best to contact the professionals to see what can be done to return it to its original state. For light surface scratches, a paste polish may do the trick, but cracks, pits and chips may require a professional repair.
Need a few more tips to help prepare your home for the holidays?