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How to Maintain Natural Stone at Your Home

24 May 2021

Natural stone is unique, Each type of natural stone is varying in colour, design, and pattern, so the chances of creating stunning designs with it are practically infinite. Provided that you follow some easy care and maintenance rules, This natural product will keep on looking beautiful for years to come. Here’s what you should know.

 Cleaning

 you can clean your natural stone products with a neutral cleaner, stone soap, liquid detergent, and warm water. As with cleaning most of the other items in your house, an extreme concentration of soap or cleaners can easily cause streaks or leave a film, so you don’t want to go overboard with it. After washing with a soap solution, completely rinse the surface, changing the rinse water regularly, and then dry with a soft, clean cloth.

 

In the bathroom and other wet areas, you can reduce soap scum by using a squeegee after each use. Using a solution of water and ammonia (around 1/2 cup ammonia to 5 litres of water) can help you get rid of soap scum, but you have to remind that overuse of ammonia-based solutions may dull or scratch the surface of some stone types in the long run. Whatever you do, never mix ammonia and bleach because this combination produces toxic and deadly gas.

 There are many popular solutions for stone cleaning but you have to be careful with most of them. For instance, products containing lemon, vinegar, or other acids can dull calcareous stones, whereas cleansing creams or powders containing abrasives can scratch different types of stones. 

 Sealing

 Sealing is a step commonly taken on various types of natural stones in Brisbane as care against staining. In fact, the sealing products used for this purpose actually impregnate the stone, rather than sealing it, i.e. sealing doesn’t make natural stones stain-proof, but it does make them more stain-resistant.

 Even though your supplier may inform you that natural stone for the kitchen doesn’t need sealing, you should know that is a common practice to apply an impregnating sealer on it. In any case, if a sealer is used on a surface where food is prepared (a countertop, for instance), make sure that it is safe for use and non-toxic.

 Preventive Measures

 Following many simple tips will allow you to maintain the beauty and get the great possible life of your stone. For example, area rugs or mats on both sides of the entrance door can help minimize the Following several easy tips will allow you to maintain the beauty and get the great possible life of your natural stone. For example, area rugs or mats on both sides of the entrance door can help minimize the grit, dirt, sand, and, which are all very abrasive and can easily damage your natural stone floor. You should also often dust mop the floor with a clean, non-treated dry dust mop. If you use a vacuum cleaner, ensure that the wheels or the plastic and metal attachments are not used because they are likely to scratch the surface of most natural stones.

 Using coasters under all glasses and bottles, particularly those containing alcohol or citrus juices, is always a good idea. In case there’s a spill, you should quickly blot it with a paper towel, but don’t wipe this area, as it will only spread the spill on the stone. Instead, flush the area with mild soap and water, then rinse it many times and dry it thoroughly with a soft, clean cloth.

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