The maintenance of natural stone is not any more difficult than any other material you’re familiar with, The difference is in the cleaning agents. Natural stones - especially calcite-based stones such as marble, travertine and limestone – have a delicate chemical composition that may interact in damaging ways with the chemistry of cleaning solutions if not specifically formulated for the Natural Stone.
For example, the white marks and glass rings on your natural stone are not stains. They do look like water stains, or water rings, but they’re neither stains, nor were they generated by water. The deriving surface damage has no relation with the porosity of the stone, but it’s exclusively related to its chemical makeup. They are, in fact, marks of corrosion (etch marks) that any acidic substance will leave behind when becoming in contact with the surface of the stone.
TOOLS TO CARE FOR YOUR NATURAL STONE
- Use only cleaners formulated specifically for use on natural stone.
- If a cleaning chemical was not specifically formulated to clean soil off while NOT interacting with the chemical makeup of the stone, it’s not safe to be used. This firm rule applies to all stone surfaces including; floors, walls. For example, glass cleaners, and water with a little dish soap are often recommended as cleaners do not use these products as they are poor recommendations. Glass cleaners may turn out to be too harsh to both the stone and the sealer while water and dish soap can leave an unsanitary film that will build up and become problematic to remove.
- Microfiber cloths and towels
- Use quality sealers for stones, which are below surface, penetrating-type sealers, better referred to as “impregnators.”
- Use quality floor mats that will cover two adult steps. The leather or rubber of your shoes won’t damage your floor: dirt WILL.
- A good-quality mop and the proper mopping bucket are keys to obtaining the best results at mopping your highly polished stone or even a porcelain floor. The best mops to use have good sized, closed-loop cotton strings. Professional-type mop buckets with a wringer that hold a good 4 to 6 GL of cleaning solution are highly recommended.
- An untreated dust mop or the softest bristle push broom, should be used daliy.