Cleaning Natural Stone Countertops
Cleaning is important when it comes to the maintenance of your Natural Stone. Removing dirt and soil daily is a key factor when it comes to prolonging the finish of your stone and will keep the stones original shine and finish for years longer. All Natural Stone is considered porous and will absorb anything left on the surface and can stain the stone. Food, wine, colored liquids and anything acidic should be wiped up immediately.
A non abrasive, non acidic mild dish soap or water with a clean dry cloth is highly recommended for cleaning your slabs. Also, by using a dry cloth this will prevent streaks and spots from appearing on your surfaces. It is highly recommended that you stay away from any abrasive, oil based or acidic cleaning products. This can discolor your surface as well as damage the stone. Always read the manufacture labels and instructions when using any product.
Natural Stone Maintenance
Preservation of Natural Stones is simple and will prevent any damages to the stone in the future if the appropriate methods are followed. At the time of installation, a sealant will be applied by the installer. If you are sealing the stone on your own, it is recommended that the stone is free of any dirt or debris. This can be done by using non-acidic mild dish soap and a dry soft cloth. Cleaning the product thoroughly after installation and following up with regular maintenance program will sustain any damages or discolor for years to come.
Natural Stones such as granite, limestone and especially marbles, are porous stones.
We recommend our customers to use penetrating sealers which fills microscopic voids and pits in the stone to prevent staining or damage.
Follow the information provided on the bottle of the sealer being used. Apply an even coating of sealer on the stone surface and let the sealant absorb as instructed. This could take between 3-10 minutes depending on the stone and product. Before the sealer dries, it must be wiped off with a clean dry lint free cloth. Some sealers may have different application time, absorption time and dry time so its important to follow manufacturers directions.
Why Keep it Clean?
Natural Stone enhances the beauty and value of your home. If properly cared for, your Natural Stone will continue to look as good as the day it was installed. On the other hand, if poorly cared for, your stone will detract from the beauty and value of your home. This may result in costly damages, repairs or replacements. What do you do if you have staining or damage to your natural stone?
If staining or damages affect the stone, it is best to call your fabricator and see what appropriate measures you should take. If the first option is not available, you can call a professional cleaning and repair company. Their staff should be able to repair your product successfully. If chips and cracks happen, they are also repairable but make sure to keep the chipped pieces so the repairer can use them at the time of the repair.