While we recommend the use of our preferred cleaning products, here are some general tips for cleaning stone that can be followed:
- Clean stone surfaces with a neutral cleaner, stone soap, or a mild liquid dishwashing detergent and warm water mixture. Similar to any item cleaned in your home, an excessive concentration of cleaner or soap may leave a film and cause streaks, so be sure to follow manufacturer recommendations and always start with a clean, soft cloth for best results. Rinse the surface thoroughly after washing with the soap solution. Frequently change the rinse water, and dry with a soft cloth.
- To prevent stains in your natural stone countertops, clean spills up in a timely manner. We recommend blotting the spill opposed to wiping it, to prevent spreading the spill. Flush the area with water and mild soap and rinse thoroughly. Dry the area with a soft cloth and repeat as necessary. If you are still experiencing discoloration, please call us for assistance.
For Wet Areas :
In a bathroom or other wet areas, minimize soap scum buildup by using a squeegee after each use.To remove soap scum, use a non-acidic soap scum remover or a solution of ammonia and water (about 1/2 cup ammonia to a gallon of water). Please use with caution, though, as frequent or over-use of an ammonia solution may eventually dull the surface of some stone types.
To remove algae or moss from an outdoor pool, or hot tub surround, flush with clear water and use a mild bleach solution.
For Interior Floors:
Dust mop interior floors frequently using a clean non-treated dry dust mop. Sand, dirt and grit are abrasive and can damage natural stone. If you use a vacuum cleaner on the floor, be sure all attachments and the wheels are in good condition. Worn items can scratch the surface of some stones.
Mats or area rugs inside and outside an entrance will help to minimize the sand, dirt and grit that you need to sweep or mop away. Be sure all rugs and mats are slip resistant.