Essential Care Instructions for Natural Stone Surfaces
It delivers both unmatched beauty and practicality making it an investment you will never regret. But once you have it, how do you take care of it? The truth is, with very little effort, your natural stone – marble, granite, travertine, etc. – will give you years and years of low maintenance service.
Cleaning Procedures & Recommendations
Clean stone surfaces with a cleaner designated safe for natural stone. Use a clean mop on floors and a soft cloth for other surfaces for best results. Don’t use more than the recommended amount of any cleaning product. Too much may leave a film, causing streaks. Change rinse water frequently. Do not use products that contain lemon, vinegar or other acids on marble, travertine or limestone as these can etch the surface of the stone. Do not use scouring powders or creams; these products contain abrasives that may scratch the surface.
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 can scratch a stone floor. Be sure that the underside of the mat or rug is a non-slip surface. Do not use vacuum cleaners that are worn, the metal or plastic attachments may scratch the surface.
Bath and Other Wet Areas In the bath / shower or other wet areas, soap scum can be minimized by using a squeegee after each use. Consult the Care Guide for detailed instructions and recommended products on how to remove soap scum as well as resolving other issues that can arise in a bath area.
Counter/Vanity Top Surfaces
Clean your countertops daily with a soft cloth or paper towel and a residue-free cleaner designated safe for natural stone.
If Streaking Occurs, buff the countertop with a clean white terry cloth or paper towel if streaking occurs.
Use a Good Stone Polish Occasionally. For additional luster on those special occasions, apply a good stone polish to the surface of your countertops.
Seal if Necessary. Countertops may need to have a penetrating sealer applied. If a sealer is applied, be sure that it is non-toxic and safe for use in food preparation surfaces.
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.
Stain Treatment and Other Issues
If possible, immediately blot spills with a clean paper towel. If something has soaked into the stone and stained it, a poultice may need to be applied. If you need help with tough stains or problems, give us a call.
Your natural stone and grout may need to be periodically sealed. For small jobs, you can purchase the product and do it yourself, or contact us to perform the service for you.
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