Post-hurricane care and cleaning of natural stone
Andrea Antunes McGilton
If you have granite or natural stone countertops or floors, you made a good choice that stood up well to Hurricane Matthew. Stone has proven its durability over the centuries and it's no different now.
However, you might need to contact a stone professional if you have marble or other surfaces that were affected, or sitting water that damaged some surfaces.
If your lower cabinets need to be replaced, the existing stone countertops should fit just fine if all dimensions are the same.
Here are some Do's and Don'ts from the Marble Institute of America for caring for your stone:
To seal or not? The type of stone, its finish, and location and how it is maintained all need to be considered when determining how to protect your stone.
In some cases it makes sense to seal the stone. Once properly sealed, the stone will be protected against everyday dirt and spills. In other cases, it is best to leave the stone untreated. Topical sealers can alter the surface texture and finish as well as build up on the surface, creating a layer that is less durable than the stone.
As always, consult your professional stone supplier for advice and guidance on enhancing and preserving your stone surfaces.
Andrea Antunes McGilton is project manager at Distinctive Granite and Marble, with showrooms in Okatie; Lady's Island; Pooler, Ga., and on Hilton Head Island.