Manufactured Stone & Natural Stone Care
We recommend application of a quality stone sealer prior to use of
your stone. Stone sealers do not make stone water proof or stain
proof. The stone becomes more water and stain resistant. Stone
sealers will degrade over time and should be refreshed
Spills should be removed with a clean, non-abrasive towel once
they occur. Countertops, showers and floors can be wiped with
warm water and a clean, non-abrasive towel, sponge or mop. In
addition, a pH neutral stone cleaner will remove most soils
that normal dusting or damp wiping leave behind.
Stone floors should be vacuumed or swept often to remove
abrasive soil. A canister vacuum with a soft brush floor
tool is a good way to remove loose soil. A dust mop or broom
can also be used. Walk-off mats should be placed at all
exterior doors to remove soil and moisture from shoes.
Stone shower surfaces should be dried after use with a squeegee
or towel. Bottles containing soaps, shampoos and conditioners
should be rinsed under the shower stream to remove any excess
product after each use.
Marble, limestone, travertine, onyx and some granite are acid
sensitive. Many common food products and toiletries contain
acids and other ingredients that may damage the stone surface or
degrade the sealer. Please note that stone sealers will not protect
against damage caused by acidic solutions.
Do use coasters under glassware. Do use a trivet or mat under hot
pots and dishes. Do use placemats under china, ceramics, silver
and other objects that can scratch the surface.
Do not use general-purpose cleaners, grout cleaners or tub and tile cleaners; they can damage the stone and the sealer. Do not use products that contain lemon, vinegar or other acids as these can etch the stone surface. Do not use abrasive cleaners, scouring powders or soft cleansers.
Call your stone supplier, fabricator or stone care specialist for help with problems that appear too difficult to treat. The Marble Institute of America is an excellent resource for further information.