Granite Care & Maintenance

Rumford Stone provides specific care and maintenance guidelines and sample care kit for the appropriate type of stone for the homeowner at the time of installation. Some basic guidelines we offer are as follows:

Everyday Cleaning

  • Wipe the surface with a damp cloth or sponge, using mild soap and water
  •  Clear, (uncolored) glass and surface cleaners are an acceptable choice, except for marble and limestone


  • Hot dishes and pans from the oven or stove will not damage granite
  • Cutting on granite with kitchen cutlery will not scratch or damage the surface, but may dull cutlery


  • Initially, we seal polished stone at installation
  • Homeowners should reseal the surface every 6 months to 1 year with an impregnating sealer

Cleaners to Avoid

  • Certain items should be avoided on polished surfaces, such as powder or soft cream cleansers
  • Cleansers with added phosphorous, bleach, Scotch-Brite™ products
  • Acids, such as lemon juice, vinegar, drain cleaners, should be wiped immediately, as they may cause etching to the surface
  • Any material that is as hard or harder than granite (sand, diamonds) may scratch the surface

Oiled Finishes

  • Several applications of mineral oil are applied initially to honed and oiled granite to saturate the stone
  • Impregnating sealer can be applied 48-72 hours after last oil application for honed granite
  • Soapstone should be “sealed” with several applications of mineral oil
  • Apply a coat of mineral oil to the surface, allow oil to sit for 4 – 12 hours, remove excess with clean soft cloth. Repeat until 3 or 4 coats have been applied (stone will no longer get darker).

Quartz Care & Maintenance

Quartz is easier to maintain than other stone surface materials, such as granite, Viatera® will provide years of captivating beauty and hygienic reassurance. Please review the following section to ensure you get the most out of your Viatera Quartz countertops.

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Our Rumford Stone Showroom carries a full line of Natural Stone Care Products