Adding natural stone to your home is a lifelong investment and quality addition any home. In order to keep your stone looking new and vibrant proper maintenance and care should be followed.
Sealing stone protects from any damage or discoloration throughout the stones life. To further protect your natural stone selection from staining extra care and vigilance is necessary.
2. In the case of any spill wipe up the spill immediately.
Absorb the spill by blotting and not wiping the surface to prevent from spreading and compromising the seal. In the need to clean up any remaining spill use warm soapy water and repeat blotting.
3. Help keep your stone free of stains by using coasters when possible.
Many stone surfaces are prone to acidic liquids including wine, coffee, vinegar, and fruit juices. Quick cleanup of these liquids protects your natural stone from staining and eroding of the sealed surface.
To ensure that you are best protected from stains, rings, and erosion the use of coasters or table mats is good practice. Lessening the amount of contact between the two helps reducing the amount of restoration in the future.
4. Always use a cutting board when cutting.
Damage to the stone surface can be done if not using a cutting board. Scratches and chips can easily appear if a cutting board is not used.
Cutting directly onto the stone may begin to dull your knife more quickly as the stone is often much harder then you knife’s blade.
5. Refrain from placing hot items from a stove or oven directly on your stone.
Many stones are generally heat-resistant but few may be prone to cracking under heat pressure. When dealing with hot dishes, pots and pans it is good practice to separate the direct heat from the stone.
6. Wash stone surfaces with a stone safe cleaner or mild dishwashing liquid.
Using non-stone specific cleaners the stones seal and surface can be damaged and ruined. To avoid such circumstances, use a neutral cleaner or soapy water to clean.
Lessen the chance of scratching your surface by refraining from using rough material such as steel wool. A damp cleaning cloth is preferable.