Natural stone in your home or commercial facility can be quite an investment. Depending on the type of stone you purchase, as well as how big the piece is, you can be paying quite a bit of money for your addition. This means that you want to be sure you are taking the best care of your natural stone to protect your investment and keep it looking its best.
It is important to remember that different stones can need different types of long term maintenance. The maintenance also depends on where the surface is located, meaning flooring, countertops or other pieces. The cleaning and maintenance can also depend on whether or not your natural stone has been sealed or not.
Keeping in mind that certain stones may need additional care and other stones are better to be left alone, it is safe to say that all natural stones require the same basic care when they are implemented into your space. You should have a regular cleaning schedule for all of your different pieces and be very diligent when it comes to cleaning up spills and messes to prevent them from sticking around and ruining your beautiful stone.
When cleaning your natural stone, you want to always be sure that you are using the proper soap. This means that your soap should be very mild and preferably pH neutral. Most of the time dishwashing soap will do the trick if you do not have soap specifically for natural stone. You want to be sure that what you are using is gentle on the stone and will not damage it.
When you are finished washing the surface with soap, it is important that you thoroughly rinse the area so that there is no soap residue left behind. That could cause a buildup of product, which doesn’t look appealing, or it can sit on the surface and hurt the sealant or stone. You should use a soft towel or even a blow-dryer immediately after rinsing to prevent spotting.
Using the right tools when cleaning is important in ensuring that you do not damage the sealant or your natural stone. You should be using a very soft cloth or sponge. For things like crusted on food or soap scum, use a brush with soft bristles and clean in circular motions.
Many times people use DIY cleaners in their home, which can sometimes include vinegar or lemon juice. It is important that when cleaning your natural stone you are not using anything that is acidic, which includes store-bought bathroom, grout, tile or tub cleaners. This can damage the sealant and the natural stone.
If your flooring is natural stone, be sure to not use a vacuum that is worn. The attachments or wheels could scratch the stone surface. On countertops, be sure not to use an abrasive sponge. This could eventually strip away the sealant, which will damage the stone over time.
It is important to clean up spills immediately in order to prevent staining. Staining on natural stone can be difficult and costly to remove, which means that the quicker you act when it comes to a spill, the more likely you are to prevent a stain.
In the chance that your natural stone does get stained, you can purchase a stone specific poultice that can be used to remove stains and grout haze from stone. A poultice is a fine, non-acidic, absorptive clay cleaning powder that removes stains from polished and unpolished natural stone. The poultice typically works pretty well, but it is dependent on the nature of the stain and how long it has been in the stone.
Taking care of your natural stone piece is the best way to ensure that you are protecting your investment. Having a regular cleaning schedule and the correct tools are essential if you would like to be a natural stone owner. Contact us today to see what piece we can design for your space!