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  • 10/9/2019 11:07 AM

Caring for natural stone

More and more businesses and homeowners are incorporating natural stone into their spaces. While it is an investment, the durability and timeless appearance make it worth it.

 

Whether you choose a classic style like granite or marble or you opt for something more unique like soapstone, knowing how to properly care for and maintain your natural stone can make an impact on its longevity and appearance over time. 

 

Know your stone 

 

One of the most important aspects of properly caring for your natural stone is understanding its classification. Each stone falls into one of three categories: sedimentary, igneous or metamorphic. Knowing which of these categories your stone falls into will help you understand what products you should be using and how often your stone will need to be maintained. 

 

Preventative maintenance 

 

There are a few simple routine maintenance tips you should follow in order to best preserve the life and quality of your natural stones. 

 

Trivets 

Most natural stone countertops omaha can be found in the kitchen near hot surfaces, while most stones are made to withstand high temperatures, using trivets can help further prevent any kind of unwanted damage. 

 

Spills

The most important part of maintaining your natural stone is cleaning up any spills in a timely manner. Although this step is simple, it can cause the most damage if not addressed immediately. Simply blotting the spill with a paper towel, mild soap and water will clean the spill and prevent staining. 

 

Dust mopping

Dust mopping is an easy and effective way to get rid of abrasive sand and dirt that can damage your natural stone floors. This technique is also used as a prep for wet mopping. 

 

Coasters 

One of the easiest prevention methods is placing coasters under all beverages. 

 

Clean and care

 

Whether your natural stone is in the form of a countertop, backsplash, flooring or fireplace it is important you know how to properly care for it. 

 

Like any surface in your home or business, you should always follow the manufacturer's care instructions for the best results. However, most stone surfaces can be cared for by using a natural cleaner, soap or dishwashing detergent and water.

 

Check with your local countertops omaha provider as they will likely have the products most recommended to use for your natural stone. After washing the surface of your stone, rinse thoroughly with water to prevent streaking and pat dry. 

 

 

GMS Werks is an experienced countertops omaha contractor that has been serving both residential and commercial customers in the Omaha community for more than a century. 

 

Straight from the quarry and into your home, we offer more than 300 natural stone slabs and carry over 2,000 slabs, making us a leader in the natural stone industry. Our contractors are reliable and provide a variety of installation services for kitchens, bathrooms, walls, floors and much more. We have the experience and credentials to ensure you receive the best service possible. 

 

Give us a call or visit our showroom to discuss your next project.  

We have been meeting the needs of both residential and commercial customers for over 90 years.