Manufactured Stone & Natural Stone Care
In San Jose & Palo Alto, CA
Without proper care, you can severely diminish the life of your stone floors, walls, or countertops. We recommend the application of a quality stone sealer prior to using your stone. It is important to keep in mind that stone sealers do not make stone waterproof or stain-proof. However, the stone does become more water and stain resistant. Stone sealers will degrade over time and should be refreshed periodically.
How Should You Handle Spills?
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.
Vacuum or Sweep Your Stone Floors
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.
How to Maintain Stone Surfaces in the Bathroom
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.
Take Proper Care of Your Manufactured or Natural Stone
Do use the following:
- Coasters under glassware.
- A trivet or mat under hot pots and dishes.
- Placemats under china, ceramics, silver and other objects that can scratch the surface.
Do not use the following:
- General-purpose cleaners, grout cleaners or tub and tile cleaners; they can damage the stone and the sealer.
- Products that contain lemon, vinegar or other acids as these can etch the stone surface.
- 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.