Natural stone is one of the most valuable investments in your
home. To protect your investment it is necessary to know the characteristics of
your stone and how to care for it properly. Each stone has its own level of
porosity, therefore making some more susceptible to staining than others. Based
upon your lifestyle and the type of stone you choose, sealing your stone may be
an option to consider.
Stone is a natural product. Simple care and maintenance will
keep it looking beautiful. Dust mop floors frequently using a clean non-treated
dry dust mop or broom. Sand, dirt and grit do the most damage to natural stone
surfaces due to their abrasiveness. A vacuum cleaner can be very helpful,
especially on textured floors, but make sure it is in good condition and has no
beater bar so as to avoid scratching your floor. Vacuum cleaner attachments are
useful in hard to reach areas.
Walk-off mats or area rugs on either side of exterior
entrances will help collect loose dirt before reaching your stone floor. Make
sure to keep these mats clean, as well.
Damp mopping your stone floor will help keep it looking
beautiful for life. Manufacturers can recommend specialty products designed for
use on stone floors. These are highly recommended. Be sure to blot spills
immediately. A neutral pH detergent or pure soap, such as Ivory Liquid®, can be
used for spills or periodic complete cleaning.
Do not use products that contain lemon, vinegar or other acids on marble or
limestone. Be sure to rinse the floor thoroughly and dry the surface with a
soft, clean cloth. Too much cleaner or soap may leave a film and cause streaks.
Natural stone is a lifetime investment. Its beauty will last a
lifetime as well, if it is cared for properly. Keep in mind that if a repair is
necessary in the future, the replacement product may be a slightly different
dyelot and/or texture than the initial installation. However, with time and
usage your repair will blend in with original product.