When you want to add a touch of elegance to your home’s entrance hallway, kitchen counters, bathroom vanity, or fireplace mantels, natural stones like onyx, marble, travertine, and the slate is an ultimate choice. But many people are afraid of these porous stones. The reason is they are prone to etching – dull marks and tiny cracks – caused due to acidic-based foods and cleaners. The good news is that proper natural stone cleaning and care can reduce issues that occur from everyday wear-and-tear.
Types of Natural Stone
You might have studied in your high school that natural stone falls into one of three basic geological classifications. They are metamorphic, sedimentary and igneous. When it comes to natural stone cleaning, you should know which type of surface you have in your home. Whether you have a stone countertop or bathroom tile you need to be sure if they are calcareous or siliceous.
Calcareous stone is formed from the primary part of the chemical compound called calcium carbonate. They are sensitive to acid. Here a non-acidic and pH-balanced gentle soap is recommended for such stones, which include limestone, travertine, onyx, marble and serpentine.
Experts at Ultra Shine says “Siliceous stones is a better choice for your kitchen as it stands up to acid and also found in acidic cleaners”. Siliceous stones comprise granite, slate, quartzite, soapstone, and sandstone. Here are tips that should be considered while cleaning your all natural stone.
Tips to Consider For a Quick-And-Easy Natural Stone Cleaning:
- Begin with a damp. Use a soft cloth or a sponge and a pH-neutral soap for cleaning (Dishwasher soap is fine).
- Using a harsh cleaner or even the rough side of the sponge may strip away the sealant and damage the stone over time.
- If the surface has crusted with food or soap scum, use a brush that has a soft bristle and clean the surface in a circular motion to avoid scratching the surface.
- Make sure you always dry the surfaces using a soft towel or blow-dryer immediately after you have done with the cleaning. This is essential to avoid spotting.
- Moreover, make sure you avoid cleaning solutions that are not made for natural stone. Also, make sure you only use a glass cleaner to wipe smudges on the mirror over a marble vanity top that none gets on the stone.
- Dust out the doormats and rugs regularly. As it will filter the unwanted particles outside. This will also reduce the risk of floor scratching because of the cutting particles.
- Use a mop to wipe away abrasive particles and be sure not to drag items – including vacuum attachments – across the floor.
Considering these tips for natural stone cleaning will help your stone to prolong. If you have any questions, you can call us at 9516887777. Our team is always ready to help you with the best pieces of advice. If you are not confident in cleaning yourself and looking for a natural stone cleaning company in Riverside and nearby areas, call Ultra Shine Carpet Cleaning and Tile cleaning today!