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Product Care Best Practices: Natural Stone

As you may well know, remodeling any part of your home is a hefty investment.  It is one that creates a great deal of pride…and accomplishment.  To keep your investment looking great, you need to know how to care for your newly installed items.  Whether a kitchen, bathroom, or another part of your home, protect your investment by following these simple tips on caring for your new natural stone countertops or tile.

Natural Stone

The Marble Institute of America lists a lot of great information on how to care for natural stone.  You can visit their website here.  Some care tips found on their site include:

  • Make sure to use coasters underneath all glasses, specifically if they contain citric juices or alcohol.  Natural stone (namely limestone, travertine, onyx, marble, and serpentine) is especially susceptible to highly acidic substances.  stone with tomato
  • Many stones can withstand heat, but it is always recommended to use trivets for hot pots and pans.
  • Dust mop interior floors frequently.  Sand, dirt, and grit can damage natural stone as it is abrasive.  Slip resistant mats and rugs at each entrance will help reduce the amount of dirt is tracked into the home.
  • If a vacuum cleaner is used on the natural stone floor, make sure the wheels are in good working condition with no areas that can scratch the natural stone.
  • Blot any spills with a paper towel as soon as it is seen.  Wiping the area will cause the spill to spread.  Flushing the area with water and mild soap and rinsing several times is recommended.  Dry the area with a soft cloth.

Cleaning

When cleaning your natural stone countertops or tile backsplashes and floors, use these tips found on the Marble Institute of America website.

  • Surface should be cleaned with a neutral cleaner, stone soap, or mild dishwashing detergent and warm water with a soft rag or rag mop. no harsh cleaners on countertop
  • Using an excessive amount of cleaner can cause streaking and a film to coat the stone.
  • Rinse the surface thoroughly and change the rinse water frequently.
  • Products that contain lemon, vinegar or other acids may dull or etch and scouring powders or creams may scratch the surface of the stone.
  • Never use commercial rust removers as they contain trace amounts of hydrofluoric acid which will most certainly attack the stone.
  • Also never mix ammonia and bleach as it creates a toxic and lethal gas.
  • In outdoor, pool, and patio areas flush with clear water and use a mild bleach solution to remove algae or moss.

It may seem like there is a lot to caring for your natural stone.  It is not a maintenance free product by any means, but by taking care with these steps, you can enjoy the beauty of nature in your home for years.

If you are looking to put natural stone in your home, call us today for a complimentary consultation!  You can reach us at 630.293.8070.

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