Stone marble care tips recommendations

Sealing is strongly recommended for all stone, especially newly installed marble, granite, and limestone to provide maximum stain protection. Be careful to select a high quality sealer to protect your natural stone. Newly installed natural stone countertops are often sealed at the time of installation by the fabricator. Please check with your fabricator regarding their standard sealing regimen. Sealing every couple of years (see manufacturer's directions) will ensure your stone continues to look its best
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marble cleaning protection maintenance supplies

Natural stone countertops and floors should be cleaned with neutral cleaners specifically designed for stone. These cleaners are concentrated pH neutral cleaners that will not affect existing sealers or other types of coatings. Stone cleaners should never contain acid or bleach. Acids, even a light solution of vinegar and water, will etch and eventually damage many varieties of natural stone. A solution of the pH neutral cleaner and water mixed to manufacturer instructions should be applied to the stone surface with a sponge or spray bottle. Allow solution to sit per manufacturer recommended specified amount of time to ensure penetration of the stone. Agitate with a sponge, or soft bristle brush. Remove dirty solution with clean sponge and buff dry. Some textured stones may require a different cleaning method or additional procedures not specified here.
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marble cleaning protection

If stone needs a deep clean, you will need to use a heavy-duty stone cleaner and degreaser to effectively remove dirt, grease, grime, waxes, etc. These cleaning products are concentrated and designed to deep clean the stone without damaging it. Apply the solution per manufacturer instructions to the stone surface with a sponge. Allow to stand for manufacturer-specified amount of time.
Agitate with a sponge or soft bristle brush. Remove dirty solution with a clean sponge and buff dry. Be sure to change out the cleaning solution every 100 square feet to avoid reintroducing dirty water during the cleaning process. Rinse thoroughly with clean water when finished. Make sure to always limit the time liquids sit on any type of natural stone and dry the surface thoroughly.
Protect your investment with some of our stone care tips! With proper care, you can enjoy the natural beauty and sheen of your home or business stone for many years to come.

General Cleaning of Natural Stone

Use only a safe cleaner that’s intended specifically for natural stone.
Follow instructions on the label. Do not use more than the recommended amount. If you use too much, a film can develop causing unsightly streaks.
Change your rinse water frequently.
Avoid cleaning products that contain lemon, vinegar and other acids on marble, travertine or limestone as these can etch the stone’s surface.
Do not use scouring powders or creams; these products contain abrasives that may scratch the surface.
Stone Floor Maintenance

Floor Surfaces

Dust mop interior floors frequently with a clean, untreated dry dust mop. Sand, dirt and grit do the most damage to natural stone surfaces due to their abrasiveness.
Put mats or area rugs inside and outside an entrance. Mats and rugs minimize the amount of sand, dirt and grit that can scratch a stone floor.
Ensure that the underside of the mat or rug has a non-slip surface.
Avoid using vacuum cleaners that are worn, because the metal or plastic attachments may scratch the surface.

Bath and Other Wet Areas

In the bath, shower or other wet areas, minimize soap scum by using a squeegee after your shower. Clean grout regularly to avoid buildup of mold and scum.

Counter/Vanity Top Surfaces

Clean your countertops daily with a soft cloth or paper towel and a residue- free cleaner designated safe for natural stone.

Other Tips

If streaking occurs, buff the countertop with a clean white terry cloth or paper towel.
Use a good stone polish occasionally. This will give your stone added lustre and clarity.
Seal, if necessary. Apply a penetrating sealer on countertops. If a sealer is applied, be sure that it is non-toxic and safe for use in food preparation surfaces.

Outdoor Pool & Patio Areas

To remove algae or moss in outdoor pools, patios or hot tub areas, flush with clear water and use a mild bleach solution.
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