Stone Care Tips 101 – Simple Ways To Maintain Your Natural Stone

Etch marks, minor cracks, scratches, scuff and streak marks; all potential reasons that can lead to severe damage of your natural stone countertops and tile floors. So how exactly do you prevent these mishaps and accidents from occurring?

Here are a few seamless stone care tips, to help you properly maintain your natural stone countertops or tile floors.

Stone Care Tips 101

  • Use coasters under all cups and glasses; especially if it is a calcium based stone such as: travertine, limestone, or marble. Alcohol and citrus based drinks will etch or burn your natural stone.
  • Use hot mats under hot pats, pans, etc. Heat can potentially crack some types of stones.
  • Sweep, dust, and mop frequently to minimize the potential scratches caused by sand, rocks, and glass.
  • Place rugs and mats inside and outside, to keep from bringing in dirt and sand.
  • If vacuums are used on occasion, make sure there is no damage to the wheels, as they can potentially scratch and or scuff the stone.
  • A lot like wall to wall carpet floors, if you spill something, make sure to blot it up. DO NOT WIPE! You may spread the potential damage even more. (Ex: Red wine spills, citrus based drinks). Blot it and rinse it a few times to make sure you get it all out.
  • Use neutral cleaners. Follow dilution ratios or you may end up with streak marks and or film that can be sticky, which can attract dirt, and debris.
  • DO NOT USE BLEACH, TOILET BOWL CLEANERS, or anything that contains vinegar, lemon, or acids of any kind.  It will dull your natural stone surface.
  • Showers and bathtubs can minimize soap scum and calcium deposits by using a squeegee after every use.
  • You can remove soap scum by using a non acidic soap scum remover or you can mix more than 1/2 a cup of ammonia, with one gallon of water. Frequent or over use of this trick can dull some natural stones.
  • Deep scratches can be hidden at times with a stone enhancer and q-tip. Dip the q-tip in the enhancer and spread it evenly across the scratch or scratches. It may take more than one application to get the results you desire. The scratch is still there, all that you are doing is minimizing the noticeability.
  • Scuff marks and most ink stains can come of with acetone.
  • Light scratches can be removed with a “OOOO” dry steel wool padOnly use a “OOOO” wool pad, anything less will more damage. Make sure to vacuum up the left overs, otherwise you will end up with rust spots over time.

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