CARING FOR YOUR STONE INSTALLATION
The natural stone you have purchased for your home or office is an investment that will give you many years of beautiful services. Stone is a natural product and simple care and maintenance will keep it looking beautiful. Here are some recommendations for routine care and cleaning.
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 and 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.
Clean stone surfaces with a few drops of neutral cleaner (PH7), stone soap (available from stone dealer or hardware store) or a mild liquid dishwashing 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. Never use Windex or similar products.
BATH AND OTHER WET AREAS:
In the bath or other wet areas, soap scum can be minimized by using a squeegee after each use. To remove soap scum, use a non-acidic soap scum remover or a solution of ammonia and water (about ½ 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 should 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 must have penetrating sealer applied. Check with your installer for recommendations. If a sealer is applied, be sure it’s non-toxic and safe for use on food preparation surfaces. If there is a question, check with the sealer manufacturer.
OUTDOOR POOL AND PATIO AREAS:
In an outdoor pool, patio or hot tub area, flush with clear water and use a mild bleach solution to remove algae or moss.
Do’s and Don’ts
Call your professional stone supplier, installer or restoration specialist for problems that appear too difficult to treat.
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