If you’re looking for reliable information on natural stone maintenance, you’ve
come to the smart place.
Here we’ll explain how to take care of your investment.
Our first advice is to fight dirty. Sand, dirt and grit do the most damage to natural
stone surfaces due to their abrasiveness.
Floors should be dust mopped frequently using a clean, non-treated dry dust mop
A vacuum cleaner can be very helpful, especially on textured floors, but it needs
to be in good condition and have no beater bar, so as to avoid scratching your beautiful
Vacuum cleaner attachments are also useful for hard to reach areas.
Be preventative. Walk-off mats or area rugs on either side of exterior entrances
will help collect loose dirt before it reaches your stone floor.
Make sure that the underside of the mat or rug has a non-slip surface.
These mats need to be kept clean, as well. So shake them often.
For stone floors consider these dos and don’ts.
Damp mopping your natural stone floor will help keep it looking beautiful for life.
We will be happy to suggest specialty products designed for use on your stone floors.
Always blot spills immediately. A neutral pH detergent or pure soap, such as Liquid
Ivory, and warm water, can be used for spills or periodic complete cleaning.
Be sure to rinse the floor thoroughly and dry the surface with a soft, clean cloth.
Too much cleaner or soap may leave a film and cause streaks. Change your rinse water
Do not use products that contain lemon juice, vinegar or other acids on marble,
limestone or travertine.
You should avoid using products that contain abrasive cleaners, cleansers -- dry
or soft -- or any ammonia-based cleaners on any stone. These products will dull
Also, do not use retail grout cleaners, scouring powders or bathroom tub and tile
cleaners on your stone.
Please don't mix bleach and ammonia; this combination creates a toxic and lethal
To remove algae or moss from stone near an outdoor pool, patio or hot tub, flush
with clear water and use a mild bleach solution.
You should know that, once your natural stone is installed, it’s your responsibility
to properly maintain caulking in heavy water-use areas to prevent damage.
Additionally, it’s best to take care when moving heavy objects across your
stone floor to avoid scratching or chipping.
Cover furniture and table legs with protectors to guard your floor against damage.
Remember that each stone has its own level of porosity that makes some stone floors
more susceptible to staining than others.
So, based upon your lifestyle and the type of stone you choose, sealing
your stone may be an option to consider.
To many, a home with natural stone is the dream of a lifetime.
We believe its beauty, elegance and pure uniqueness will last a lifetime as well,
if it is cared for properly.