The natural stone you have purchased is an investment that will give you decades of beautiful service. Here are some simple care and maintenance tips that will keep your natural stone looking as great as the day it was installed.
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A stone that is composed mainly of silica or quartz-like particles. It is usually very durable and relatively easy to clean with mild acidic cleaning solutions. Types of this stone are: granite, slate, sand-stone, quartzite, brownstone and bluestone.
Composed of mostly calcium carbonate. It is extremely sensitive to acidic cleaning products and sometimes requires different cleaning procedures. Types of this stone are: marble, travertine, limestone and onyx.
Daily Care and Precautions
Use coasters under all glasses, especially drinks with alcohol or any type of citrus juice is recommended. A lot of common food and drink contain acids that can etch or dull the surface of your stone. Do not place hot items directly on your countertops, the use trivets or mats under hot dishes and placemats under dishes is recommended, however most granites will be unaffected by heat. Cooking oils such as olive oil, peanut oil and vegetable oils and salad dressings can stain granite and marble. It is recommended that containers be stored in cabinets or the use of trivets if these items are to be displayed on stone tops. Many hand soaps contain oils and extracts that can stain granite and marble. Special care should be taken when using these products. Not all stones are the same, and the porosities of various stones can vary from slab to slab and bundle to bundle.
The purpose of sealing your countertop is to keep it from getting cloudy or stained due to extensive use. It is recommended to seal every one to two years, but if the stone gets a lot of use, or is shown to be more porous, then sealing every six months is better.
BASIC CARE AND CLEANING:
Sand, dirt and grit do the most damage to natural stone surfaces because of their abrasiveness. If you have granite on your floors, place mats or area rugs in front of doors to reduce sand, dirt and grit. Make sure the rug is non-slip on the underside. Normally, it takes a person about eight steps on a floor or surface to remove sand or dirt from the bottom of their shoes.
Clean the surface whenever needed with just a few sprays of neutral stone cleaner, or a microfiber towel and warm water. A mild liquid dishwashing detergent and warm water can be used. Be sure to use a clean rag or towel and not to use much soap as to avoid streaking. Less then a drop is recommended, and then thoroughly rinse and dry the countertop to remove any soap residue. Rinse the surface thoroughly after washing with the soap solutions and dry is a clean towel. Be sure to change rinse water frequently.
Soap scum can be minimized on floors by using a squeegee after each use. To remove soap scum, be sure to use a non-acidic soap scum remover. Frequent use of ammonia solution may eventually dull the surface of the stone. Be sure to blot up all spills immediately, before they can penetrate the surface.
Vanity tops may need a good quality marble wax (Italian Craftsman Polish) can be applied to minimize water spots.
DO NOT USE PRODUCTS THAT CONTAIN LEMON, VINEGAR, SCOURING POWDERS OR CREAMS, OR ANY OTHER CLEANER WITH HIGH ACID COUNT THAT MIGHT OTHERWISE ETCH OR SCRATCH THE SURFACE OF NATURAL STONE.
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