The natural variations on your stone surface can easily lose their appealing qualities due to damage resulting from everyday wear and tear. Natural Stone is absorbent and has a mineral chemistry that can react in strange ways to conventional cleaners, thus making the proper selection of cleaners essential for daily maintenance of your natural stone surfaces.
Some variation of stones will absorb liquids and oils causing discoloration. Having your stone treated with a water and oil penetrating sealer can diminish this effect. It is recommended that a sealer be applied every six months.
You should apply a penetrating sealer to all of your countertop surfaces. The sealer can be purchased from The Model Home Look. Foods and drinks that are often found in the kitchen may contain oils and acids that could stain or etch the surface of your natural stone. High traffic areas or areas that become wet often such as the area around the sink, shower walls and floors as well as vanities tops may need to be sealed more frequently.
You should apply a penetrating sealer to all of your vanity surfaces. Hard water, soap scum, hairspray, cosmetics and perfumes may damage the luster of your natural stone surface.
In the bath or other wet areas, soap scum can be minimized 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). Frequent or over-use of an ammonia solution may eventually dull the surface of the stone. You should apply a penetrating sealer to all bathroom surfaces as well as other surfaces that are constantly wet. Hard water or soap scum may damage the luster of your natural stone. If your shower walls or floors have tile, we suggest having your grout cleaned and sealed periodically to prevent mildew.
The following are recommendations on how to maintain and protect the luster and natural beauty of your natural stone countertops, walls and floors installed in your home or commercial property so you will enjoy your natural stone for years to come.