DOs and DON’Ts of natural stone maintenance

Natural stone is a beautiful product of nature. Blocks are extracted from the quarry, slabs are cut from blocks and the slabs are further fabricated into tiles and bespoke stoneworks to be  installed. Simple care and maintenance will help you keep it looking beautiful and for the long term. Here’s some tips for routine care and cleaning of natural stone floors and surfaces.
DOs:
  • DO use coasters under glasses and bottles, especially if containing alcohol or acids (e.g. lemon juice).
  • DO bolt up spills immediately.
  • DO clean natural stone surfaces frequently with the appropriate products. If you are on a budget, you can use warm water and a sponge for daily cleaning.
  • DO use a neutral cleaner for natural stone or a little soap for deeper cleaning to remove soil, that dusting and mopping leaves behind.
  • DO rinse thoroughly and dry the surfaces after washing.
  • DO protect natural stone floors with non-slip mats or rugs, and countertops with coasters and placemats.
  • DO use mats and trivets under hot dishes and pans, as placemats under china, ceramics, silver or other objects that can scratch the surface.
  • DO use felt pads underneath furniture, tables and chairs to avoid scratching the floor.
  • DO dry water from shower walls and wet areas after use to prevent hard water or soap scum build-up.
  • DO place mats or rugs by the entrance: sand, dirt and grit do the most damage to natural stone flooring due to their abrasiveness.

 

DON’Ts:
  • DON’T place hot items – such as hot dishes and pans – on the stone surface. Use trivets or mats.
  • DON’T use vinegar, lemon juice or other acid-based products on your stone surface.
  • DON’t use cleaners that contain acid, such as bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners or tub and ceramic tiles cleaners.
  • DON’t sit on stone countertops, especially by a cut-out (hob, sink or tap). Grab a chair!
  • DON’T use wood furniture protectors on a stone floor. They might cause stains.
  • DON’T place metal objects on any stone surface for a long period of time, especially in wet areas. They would leave a rust stain.
  • DON’t use general-purpose cleaners, as they may damage your stone surface and affect the effectiveness of the sealant.
  • DON’T use abrasive cleaners such as dry or soft cleansers.

 

The ones above are only guidelines. Each material has unique composition and characteristics, which affect the cleaning and maintenance instructions.

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With over 10 years of experience within the industry, Paolo is an expert tile and stone consultant. Driven by the passion of what is aesthetically pleasant and at the same time practical in everyday life, Paolo has a strong voice within the marketplace and he is not afraid to use it.