stone maintain materials
Natural stone is an exciting material with its physical characteristics of textures, its palette of colors and distinctive luster communicates permanence, integrity, quality and elegance. There is a certain magic about stone that can not be reproduced by any other material.
However, natural stone bears natures many complexities and shows large variations in its absorption, density and hardness. These have an important impact on how to protect and preserve the appearance and beauty of stone.
All natural stone is porous, which means water, spaghetti sauce, cooking oil and other liquids could seep into and stain it. In addition, acids¡ªwhether found in citrus fruits or household cleaners¡ªhave a corrosive effect on stone.

Maintenance is needed every 1 ¨C 3 years.
Due to its polished finish, marbles are susceptible to two major blemishes: scratches and etches. Scratches are caused by dirt and sand tracked through a home. (Floor mats, especially those made of natural fibers, will reduce scratches.) Etches are caused when an acidic or caustic liquid come into contact with the calcium in the stone leaving a dull, whitish mark. With professional care, both problems are easily remedied. All marble should be sealed. Tumbled marble is treated similarly and care must be taken to keep its wider grout clean. Different kinds of treatments are necessary to restore marble to its original condition.
Maintenance is needed every 1 ¨C 3 years.
Neutral pH stone soap is best. A deck brush can be used to remove more soiled or mineral affected areas. One must be careful not to scrub too hard, as some slates are softer and particles can loosen. Standing water should be squeegeed, as mineral build-up and efflorescence can occur during evaporation. If additional treatment is needed, more aggressive, homeowner-friendly cleaners and processes can be used.
Limestone / Travertine
Maintenance is needed every 1 ¨C 3 years.
Depending on the type of Travertine or limestone, care must be taken during cleaning. Thorough vacuuming and mopping with clean water and neutral pH soap inhibit dirt and soil build-up. Every few months, diluted bleach can be used to keep these more textured stones (even sanded grout) cleaner, and lighter and brighter in appearance.
Maintenance is needed every 2 ¨C 4 years.
Even though granite is very durable and some can naturally repel water, highly caustic liquids and oils can still penetrate. These liquids can react with certain minerals and cause etching, dulling, and staining. Oil molecules are smaller and usually pass easily into a stone¡¯s pores. Granite should be sealed with impregnating sealers. They help repel liquids and oils, and maintain the stone¡¯s health.
Care and precautions
  • Many foods and drinks contain acids that will etch or dull the surfaces of many stones.
  • Use coasters under all glasses, particularly those containing alcohol or citrus juices.
  • Do not place hot items directly on the stone surface.
  • Although we usually think of stone as hard, it is a porous material that can absorb spills and stains if left untreated.
  • Sealing your stone with a quality impregnating sealer will prevent most spills from damaging your investment.
  • We recommend StoneTech Professional Heavy Duty Stone Sealer for less porous or semi-porous stone and Stone Tech Professional BulletProof Stone Sealer for very porous stone.
Cleaning procedures and recommendations
Floor Surfaces
Dust mop interior floors frequently, using a clean non-treated dry mop. Sand, dirt and grit do the most damage to natural stone surfaces due to their abrasiveness.
Do not use vacuum cleaners that are worn. The metal or plastic attachments or the wheels may scratch the surface.
Clean your natural stone on a regular basis with warm water and a clean non-abrasive cloth, sponge or mop. In addition, using a neutral cleaner specifically formulated for natural stone will help remove soils that normal dusting or damp mopping leaves behind. We recommend StoneTech Professional Revitalizer Stone & Tile Cleaner or revitalizer as directed on the label.

Bath and Other Wet Areas
In the bath and other wet areas, soap scum and hard water deposits can be minimized by using a squeegee after each use. Periodic use of revitalizer will remove any soap scum or hard water deposits that may have formed.

Vanities and Countertop Surfaces
Many everyday food spills, cooking, oils, drinks and toiletries contain acids and other ingredients that may damage the stone's surface. Vanities and countertops may need to have a penetrating sealer applied. For everyday removal of residues and spills, we recommend using revitalizer.

Food Preparation Areas
In food preparation areas, the stone may need to have a penetrating sealer applied.
If a sealer is applied, be sure that it is non-toxic and safe for use on food preparation surfaces.

Outside Pool & Patio Areas
In outside pool, patio or hot tub areas, flush with water.

Other Surfaces
Clean stone surface with a few drops of neutral cleaner. Use a clean rag or mop on floors and a soft cloth on other surfaces for best results. Do not use products that contain lemon, vinegar or other acids on marble or other calcareous stone. Do not use scouring powders or creams.
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