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Natural stone surfaces are a luxurious investment that deserves and requires proper cleaning and care. Unfortunately, overlooking maintenance or making a mistake such as using the wrong cleaning product, can result in severely staining or damaging your flooring leading to premature replacement. Natural stone is made to last and is extremely durable but it is not indestructible. Marble Masters of California have created this quick guide of common mistakes to avoid in order to protect your natural stone surfaces.
Cleaning Natural Stone With Vinegar Should Be Avoided
When cleaning your natural stone surfaces, use only cleaners formulated specifically for natural stone. If you use a cleaner with the wrong pH level such as vinegar or bleach, it can burn or etch the surface of the stone as well as break down sealers.
Don’t Use Abrasive Tools Such as Scrubbing Pads to Clean Natural Stone
Some homeowners mistakenly believe they can remove stains or etches with a scrubbing pad. Most often, this just makes the problem worse. It is best to use a soft cloth or dust mop when daily cleaning. If your natural stone has been stained or etched, call a professional from Marble Masters of California to have it honed and restored.
Skipping the Dust Mop Regularly is a Mistake
Even though your natural stone floors and other surfaces look clean, they still need to be dusted regularly. Minor dust particles, dirt and sand that may not be obvious to the naked eye, will still act like an abrasive under your feet, cause wear patterns, scratch and dull your floors. While polished surfaces are smooth and reflect light, scratches refract light. Using a dry dust mop daily or every other day removes this fine dust and debris.
It is a Mistake to Leave High Traffic Areas Unprotected
Rugs can help protect the high traffic areas of your stone floors that tend to get worn down. Walk off matting helps keep dust and dirt that can scratch and etch your floors to a minimum. It is best to place a walk off mat inside and outside of doors as well as use runners and rugs in areas that get a lot of use such as hallways and kitchens.
Sealing Natural Stone Regularly is Necessary
For many natural stones, sealing is recommended as part of a general maintenance plan. While it is possible for homeowners to seal their own stone surfaces, experts agree that a professional natural stone cleaning company such as Marble Masters of California will deliver the best results.
Natural Stone Cleaning, Honing, Polishing, Sealing, Restoration & More in Greater Ontario, Inland Empire & Orange County, California
With proper care and maintenance, all of your natural stone surfaces will stay beautiful for many years to come. Contact Marble Masters of California for a consultation and professional restoration today!