Onyx is the stuff of fantasy. It appears to be a gemstone, with wavy bands of amber, ivory, and white fused together in a fluid pattern. During the backlit, it reflects an ethereal and soft light. Undoubtedly, it is an extraordinarily beautiful natural stone. Its sparkly translucence belies the fact that it’s solid rock. It appears to be a gemstone, with wavy bands of amber, ivory, and white fused together in a fluid pattern. During the backlit, it reflects an ethereal and soft light. Onyx is extremely porous. It is vulnerable to stains and scratches and absorbs liquids. To protect the stone, seal it well with an impregnating sealer meant for porous stones prior to grouting it. The sealer will help as a grout release to make clean up easier, while it helps to protect the stone from future staining.
Use delicate fabrics: When it comes to cleaning, it’s always best to wipe onyx surfaces with a delicate fabric to avoid any scratches or swirling on the finish. When using any kind of cleaning product, try to avoid spraying or pouring directly onto the surface, as the porous stone can absorb them. Spray cleaners onto a soft cloth first, and be sure to wipe away any excess from the stone as soon as possible.
Use Sealants: Although sealants don’t necessarily make your onyx stone countertop stain-proof, they slow the rate at which spills are absorbed and keep its durability and shine intact longer. Our professionals would recommend the best sealants to keep the surface protected and increase its longevity.
Clean up spills immediately: Keep in mind that onyx is a porous natural stone. Therefore it will quickly absorb liquids. With this in mind, you should remember to blot up spills as soon as they happen, but you should never forget to only blot and not to wipe! Simply place the paper towels on the spills and allow them to absorb the liquid. It is worth noting that spills can be damaging to your countertops, especially when the liquid is acidic. Acid etching can occur, which can dull your onyx benchtops as a result.
Use a cutting board in case of prepping food on onyx tables: Onyx is translucent, which means the stone lets in more light than other characteristic stone items. While this can make for gorgeous surfaces, you could also experience challenges concealing stains and scratches. For example, it’s best to use a cutting board while prepping food on an onyx countertop. Like marble or serpentine surfaces, onyx also scratches very easily; so taking some extra care with how the surface is used is always a good idea.
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