The Do’s & Don’ts of Natural Stone Cleaning
At Strassburger Tile Perfection, we believe natural stone is a beautiful addition to any home or business. With the right maintenance and upkeep, natural stone can be a long-lasting surface for years to come.
Natural Stone Cleaning Do’s
- Clean the natural stone surface of any dust, grit and sand with a dust mop on a regular basis. Any debris left on the surface can scratch the natural stone.
- Use a mild detergent, pH neutral cleaner or stone soap when cleaning the surface.
- Before and after washing, thoroughly rinse and dry the surface with clean water.
- Clean up spills immediately after they occur to prevent stains.
- Keep natural stone floors protected with non-slip mats or area rugs.
- Keep natural stone countertops protected with coasters, trivets and placemats.
- In addition to daily cleanings, periodically do a deep cleaning.
- Clean bathroom vanity tops with cleaners intended for natural stone. Apply a sealer if needed.
- Use a squeegee after using your natural stone shower to prevent soap scum buildup.
- For mirrors located above a natural stone countertop, clean them with a natural stone cleaning solution.
- Clean stains with detergent and a poultice if necessary.
Natural Stone Cleaning Don’ts
- Never use cleaning agents like lemon juice, vinegar or other acid-based cleaners on marble, limestone, travertine or onyx surfaces.
- Never use acid-based cleaners like bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners or tub & tile cleaners.
- Avoid abrasive cleaners like dry cleansers or soft cleansers.
- Never mix bleach and ammonia, and never mix other chemicals unless directed specifically to do so.
- Don’t use worn vacuum cleaners as the attachments or wheels can scratch the natural stone’s surface.
- Don’t place hot items directly on the natural stone’s surface.
- Never use scouring powders or creams.
- Don’t clean natural stone with ammonia-based cleaners; this can dull the stone over time.
- Don’t paint your nails or use other chemicals near your natural stone countertop.
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