Natural Stone Care: Do's and Don'ts
Welcome to the world of natural stone! To help you maintain the beauty and longevity of your stone surfaces, we present the essential do’s and don’ts of natural stone care. Follow these guidelines to ensure your natural stone remains stunning for years to come.
Do Seal Your Stone: Properly sealing your natural stone is crucial for preventing stains and damage. Consult with a professional to determine the appropriate sealant for your specific stone type. Regularly reseal the stone as recommended to maintain its protective barrier.
Do Clean Spills Promptly: Accidents happen, but when spills occur on natural stone surfaces, it’s important to act quickly. Clean up spills immediately using a soft cloth or paper towel to prevent staining. Avoid using acidic or abrasive cleaners that can harm the stone.
Do Use Gentle Cleaning Products: When it comes to cleaning natural stone, opt for pH-neutral, non-abrasive cleaners specially formulated for stone surfaces. These mild cleaners effectively remove dirt and grime without damaging or dulling the stone’s finish.
Do Protect from Scratches: Although natural stone is durable, it can still be susceptible to scratches. Place coasters under glasses, use trivets or hot pads under hot objects, and avoid dragging heavy items across the stone surface. Consider using protective pads on furniture legs to prevent scratches.
Do Regularly Dust and Sweep: Keep your natural stone surfaces clean by regularly dusting and sweeping with a soft broom or microfiber mop. This simple maintenance routine helps prevent the accumulation of dirt and debris that can scratch the stone’s surface over time.
Don’t Use Harsh Chemicals: Harsh chemicals, such as bleach, ammonia, or vinegar, can damage natural stone. Avoid using these substances or any acidic cleaners that can etch or dull the stone’s surface. Stick to pH-neutral cleaners specifically designed for stone care.
Don’t Scrub with Abrasive Materials: Stay away from abrasive cleaning tools like steel wool or scouring pads. These materials can scratch and damage the stone’s finish. Instead, use soft cloths or non-abrasive sponges for cleaning.
Don’t Ignore Regular Maintenance: Natural stone requires regular maintenance to preserve its beauty. Neglecting routine cleaning and maintenance can result in staining, etching, or other damage to the stone. Set a cleaning schedule and stick to it to ensure your stone surfaces remain in pristine condition.
Don’t Place Direct Heat on Stone: Avoid placing hot pans, pots, or other heat-emitting objects directly on natural stone surfaces. Extreme heat can cause thermal shock, resulting in cracks or discoloration. Always use trivets or hot pads to protect the stone from direct heat.
Don’t Overlook Professional Help: When in doubt or when facing stubborn stains or damage, seek professional assistance. Stone care experts have the knowledge and tools to properly restore and maintain your natural stone surfaces. Don’t hesitate to consult with them to ensure the best care for your stone.
Remember, natural stone is a valuable investment that can transform your space. By following these do’s and don’ts, you’ll protect and prolong the life of your natural stone surfaces, allowing them to maintain their exquisite beauty for generations to come.
For more information and personalized advice on natural stone care, feel free to reach out to our knowledgeable team of professionals. We’re here to assist you in keeping your natural stone looking its best.
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