Care & Maintenance for Natural Stone

You'll find caring for your natural stone easy. Warm water, mild dish washing liquid, and a soft clean cloth are generally all that's needed to maintain most natural stone surfaces. Should a stain occur, it could usually be removed using a poultice available from natural stone retail store near you or call a specialist to consult.
More tips for preserving your natural stone's beauty:


·    Dust mop natural stone floors frequently and protect floor surfaces with non-slip mats or area rugs.
·    Blot up spills immediately.
·    Protect countertop surfaces with coasters, trivets, or place mats.
·    Don't use vinegar, lemon juice, or other cleaners containing acids on marble or limestone.
·    Don't use abrasive cleaners on polished natural stone surfaces.

Floor Surfaces

Dust mop interior floors frequently using a clean non-treated dry dust mop. Sand dirt and grit do the most damage to natural stone surfaces due to their abrasiveness. Mats or area rugs inside and outside an entrance will help to minimize the sand, dirt and grit that will scratch the stone floor. Be sure that the underside of the mat or rug is a non-slip surface. Normally, it will take a person about eight steps on a floor surface to remove sand or dirt from the bottom of their shoes. Do not use vacuum cleaners that are worn. The metal or plastic attachments or the wheels may scratch the surface.
Other Surfaces

Clean stone surfaces with a few drops of neutral cleaner, stone soap or a mild liquid dish washing detergent and warm water. Use a clean rag mop on floors and a soft cloth for other surfaces for best results. Too much cleaner or soap may leave a film and cause streaks. Do not use products that contain lemon, vinegar or other acids on marble or limestone. Rinse the surface thoroughly after washing with the soap solution and dry with a soft cloth. Change the rinse water frequently. Do not use scouring powders or creams; these products contain abrasives that may scratch the surface.
Bath and Other Wet Areas

In the bath or other wet areas, using a squeegee after each use can minimize soap scum. To remove soap scum, use a non-acidic soap scum remover or a solution of ammonia and water (about 1/2 cup ammonia to a gallon of water). Frequent or over-use of an ammonia solution may eventually dull the surface of the stone.
Vanity Top Surfaces

Vanity tops may need to have a penetrating sealer applied. Check with your installer for recommendations. A good quality marble wax or non-yellowing automobile paste wax can be applied to minimize water spotting.
Food Preparation Areas

In food preparation areas, the stone may need to have a penetrating sealer applied. Check with your installer for recommendations. If a sealer is applied, be sure that it is non-toxic and safe for use on food preparation surfaces. If there are questions, check with the sealer manufacturer.
Outdoor Pool & Patio Areas

In outdoor pool, patio or hot tub areas flush with clear water and use a mild bleach solution to remove algae or moss.
 
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