With the right maintenance routine, you can protect your investment in your granite and stone fixtures, and keep them looking beautiful for years. Each type of stone has its unique makeup and a specific approach to how best to care for it.
As the name indicates, natural stone features are made from what is found in nature. They come in several types that you’ll see in your home, including:
Formed by time spent underwater in lakes, rivers, and oceans, these stones include popular choices such as limestone and travertine. They are porous and soft and must be carefully protected from scratches or stains.
These rocks are formed when hot lava cools quickly, including the ever-popular granite. This type of stone is much stronger and tougher than others, so it’s more resistant to scratches and marring. It also comes in unique patterns and colors, which makes it highly desirable.
Formed as a result of heat and pressure, this type of rock includes marble and slate. Popular and attractive, these stones also tend to be porous and require gentle care to prevent surface damage.
To get the longest life and preserve the beauty of your natural stone, follow these simple tips:
Because many stones are easily marred, be gentle with them. Use coasters on countertops to avoid stains and scratches. To prevent sand and dirt from scratching floors, use doormats, and area rugs.
Carefully remove any debris from your stone surface. Sweep or wipe up regularly. Blot up spills so they don’t spread.
Wash your stone with a mild soap or dishwashing liquid and warm water, or a specially crafted gentle stone cleaner. Wipe the surface with a soft cloth. Avoid abrasive cleaners, which can scratch the natural stone.
Many stones, including marble, limestone, onyx and travertine, can be seriously marred or dulled by acid. Avoid cleaning these stones with cleansing products that contain vinegar, lemon juice, or other acids. Even rust removers and toilet bowl cleaners contain small amounts of acid that can damage your natural stone.
This is particularly handy in the bathroom, as a squeegee is effective at wiping away soap scum and preventing unattractive soap streaks.
A gentle sealant applied properly to your natural stone countertops and tiles can make these surfaces more resistant to stains.
Keep in mind that while stone can sometimes be repolished, there are no guarantees it will look as good as it originally did when first installed. Preventing damage keeps the stone attractive and saves you time and money.
If you’re not sure what type of stone you have, need advice on how to care for it, or are concerned about issues such as stains and scratches, our Mill Creek team is here to help you. Contact us anytime.