Natural stone products require attention and upkeep to maintain the wow-factor that compelled you to purchase the stone in the first place. Clients often ask us about the best ways to to take care of natural stone. Below, you'll find a handful of essential tips to remember when cleaning natural stone and removing stains from stone tile. Stone care professionals are the most knowledgeable resource for stains and etching, your Decorative Materials Design Consultant can make a recommendation.
To get the longest life and preserve the beauty of your natural stone, follow these simple tips:
- Coasters: Use coasters under all glasses, particularly those containing alcohol or citrus juices.
- Trivets: While many stones can withstand heat, the use of trivets or mats is recommended.
- Dust Mopping: Dust mop interior floors frequently using a clean non-treated dry dust mop. Sand, dirt and grit are abrasive and can damage natural stone.
- Mats/Rugs: Mats or area rugs inside and outside an entrance will help to minimize the sand, dirt and grit that may scratch the stone floor. Be sure that the underside of the mat or rug is a slip resistant surface.
- Vacuum Cleaners: If used, be sure the metal or plastic attachments or the wheels are not worn as they can scratch the surface of some stones.
- Spills: Blot the spill with a paper towel immediately. Don’t wipe the area, it will spread the spill. Flush the area with water and mild soap and rinse several times. Dry the area thoroughly with a soft cloth. Repeat as necessary.