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Types of Natural Stone
The first step in proper stone care and maintenance is to understand its geological classification and composition. Natural Stone refers to a variety of nature-made mineral substances that stand in contrast to any synthetic or manufactured stone products. Common natural stone flooring includes slate, marble, quartzite, limestone, travertine, granite, and sandstone—each of which has slightly different properties.
Calcareous Stones: Marble, limestone, travertine, and onyx are examples of calcareous stones. These types of stones are composed of Calcium Carbonate which is sensitive to acidic solutions. Mild non-acidic cleaners are recommended.
Siliceous Stones: Quartz, feldspar, and mica are examples of this type of stone. While siliceous stones are generally resistant to most acids found in kitchen settings, acidic cleaners are still not recommended, as these stones may contain trace levels of minerals that are acid sensitive.
The chart below will be a helpful guide in determining your stone type.
CLEANING NATURAL STONE
For best results:
- Use a clean rag mop on floors and a soft cloth for other surfaces.
- Clean stone surfaces with a neutral cleaner, stone soap, or a mild liquid dishwashing detergent and warm water.
- Rinse surfaces thoroughly after washing with the soap solution and dry with a soft cloth; Change the rinse water frequently.
Similar to any item cleaned in your home, an excessive concentration of cleaner or soap may leave a film and cause streaks. Always follow manufacturer cleaning recommendations.
Minimize soap scum in showers 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 (approximately a 1/2 cup ammonia to a gallon of water).
Outdoor Pools, Patios, and Hot Tub Areas
Flush the area with clear water and use a mild bleach solution to remove algae or moss.
To get the longest life and preserve the beauty of your natural stone, follow these simple tips:
Use a clean, non-treated dry dust mop on interior floors frequently and as needed.
Places mats or rugs inside and outside an entrance. This helps to minimize the tracking of sand, dirt, and grit into your home that may scratch the stone floor. Be sure that the underside of the mat or rug is a slip-resistant surface.
Some natural stones scratch easily, for this reason, it’s important to inspect wheels and attachments to ensure they are not damaged or worn.
- Immediately blot the spill with a paper towel.
- Do not wipe the area as it will spread the spill.
- Flush the area with water and mild soap and rinse several times.
- Dry the area thoroughly with a soft cloth.
- Repeat as necessary.
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