Natural Stone makes any countertop, backsplash, floor and walls such as your bath and shower surround a beautiful addition to your home or business and an investment that will last for years to come. Carpet Care 2000 has a few tips on how to care and extend the life and look of your natural stone.
General Care of Natural Stone Tile
When it comes to natural stone, you should avoid using vinegar, lemon juice and other cleaners with a high acid content such as bathroom, tub, and grout cleaner. Avoid mixing chemicals together unless directed otherwise. These types of cleaners can damage the stone and may not be able to be repaired. Dust and sand should be cleaned daily. clean up spills immediately as natural stone can stain very easily. Using a non-slip mat at entryways to remove dirt from shoes keeps the dirt to a minimum and is suggested by some. Frequently dust and mop to remove dirt and grime that can build up in the stone. When mopping use a damp mop with a vegetable base soap and water solution or a natural stone cleaner. Be sure to double check that it’s safe for natural stone and contains no acid. Light daily cleaning is strongly recommended and a deep cleaning done as needed.
Natural Stone Floor Sealing
Due to the nature of floors, they get a lot of wear and tear from normal use. Protect your stone floor with a sealer or waxes. Sealers will not change the look of your floor and will hide nicks and scratches that may appear over time. Sealer will need to be reapplied about every six months but will protect the stone from wear and overuse. Waxing helps to repair those nicks and scratches. Waxing needs to be applied more frequently to obtain that glossy surface.
Natural Stone Countertops such as Soapstone, Quartz, Granite, Travertine & Slate
Countertops are prone to spills and stains. When spills occur be quick to wipe them away. Juice, coke and other liquids that contain high acidic minerals, when in contact with soft stones or stones high in calcium like marble, limestone, travertine, and onyx can slowly deteriorate the stone finish over time. A lot of your beverages and food contain acids. Use coasters and trays when placing drinks and food on countertops to help protect stone from spills. Hot plates and other cook wear can scorch the surface, so avoid direct contact from your stone countertops. Cleaning, and sealing your countertops often will protect and give your stone longer life and maintain that beautiful gloss finish.
Natural Stone Bathroom Cleaner
Soap scum is a never ending problem in the bathroom and can corrode your stone over time. After a bath or shower, wipe away the water with a soft sponge to help prevent soap scum building up. Avoid using a sponge that is too rough as it can strip away the stone’s protected surfaces. It’s important to keep your stone sealed in high saturated areas of your home or business. If water gets into unprotected stone it will deteriorate your stone and will need to be replaced. Monitor the grout line. If it shows signs of opening, fix it immediately to prevent water getting in and causing damage from inside your walls and the stone’s back side. When shopping for soap scum cleaner make sure it’s safe to be used on your stone. Don’t use your everyday bathroom cleaners as some can damage natural stone.
Natural Stone Cleaning & Sealing in Tracy, Livermore, San Ramon, Dublin, Ripon, Mountain House, Walnut Creek, Danville & the East Bay of California
Natural stone is a worthwhile investment, but requires a lot of care in maintaining that polished look. Regularly professional cleaning and sealing the stone, and with proper daily care, will help the stone last a life time. When picking your choice of cleaning and polishing cleaners double check to see if it’s safe to use and in the right area of the house. Carpet Care 2000 wants to help you care for your natural stone and keep it beautiful and last forever. Contact us today to make your next appointment!