Nothing compares to the elegance and beauty of natural stone.
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 will give you years and years of low maintenance service.
Refer to this page to arm you with everything you need to know about stone floor care and maintaining your natural stone and tile.
ESSENTIAL CARE INSTRUCTIONS FOR NATURAL STONE SURFACES
Stone floors should always be vacuumed prior to applying your cleaning solution. We recommend a HEPA vacuum or a central vacuum using a soft bristle cleaning tool. Vacuuming tools remove damaging abrasive soils instead of spreading and unknowingly scratching your stone floors.
Clean stone surfaces with a cleaner designed safe for natural stone, such as our Neutral Cleaner. Use a clean mop or Cuban mop system (see maintenance in Tile and Grout section) on floors, and a soft cloth for other surfaces for best results. Don't use more than the recomended 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.
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.
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.
Counter/Vanity Top Surfaces
Clean your countertops daily with a soft cloth or paper towel and a residue free pH neutral cleaner designated safe for natural stone.
If Streaking Occcurs - Buff the countertop with a clean white terry cloth or paper towel if streaking occurs.
Use a Good Stone Polish Occasionally - Applying a good stone polish to the surface of the countertop will help prevent staining.
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.
Do's and Don'ts
- Do vacuum floors frequently.
- Do clean surfaces with a stone safe cleaner.
- Do thoroughly rinse and dry the surface after washing.
- Do blot up spills immediately.
- Do protect floor surfaces with non-slip mats or area rugs and counter top surfaces with coasters, trivets or placemats, particularly under those containing alcohol or citrus juices. Many common foods and drinks contain acids that will etch or dull the stone surface.
- Don't place hot items directly on the stone surface. Use trivets or mats under hot dishes and placemats under china, ceramics, silver or other objects that can scratch the surface.
- Don't use vinegar, lemon juice or other cleaners containing acids on marble, limestone, travertine or onyx surfaces.
- Don't use cleaners that contain acid such as bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners or tub & tile cleaners.
- Don't use abrasive cleaners such as dry cleansers or soft cleansers.
- Don't mix bleach and ammonia; this combination creates a toxic and lethal gas.
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.
We seal every stone that requires it before we install it, but a re-application needs to be done periodically. You can purchase the product and do it yourself, or contact us to perform the service for you.