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Care and Maintenance of Natural Stone, Tile & Grout
Natural stones—especially calcite-based stones such as marble, travertine, limestone, and many slates— have a delicate chemical composition that may interact in “strange” (damaging) ways with the cleaning solutions that were not specifically formulated for the task. Once you know WHAT to use, all you have to do is follow some basic guidelines and your natural stone installation will give you years and years of beautiful service.
Routine Preventative Measures
• Use coasters under drinking glasses, particularly those containing alcohol or citrus juices to avoid etching.
• Do not place hot items directly on the stone surface. Use trivets or mats under hot dishes.
• Use place mats under china, silver or other objects that can scratch the surface.
• Avoid cleaning products unless the label specifies it is safe for natural stone. This includes glass cleaners to clean mirrors over a marble vanity top or a liquid toilet bowl cleaner when the toilet sits on a marble floor.
Some spills will turn out to be detrimental to stone if unattended. Orange juice, lemonade, wine, vinegar, liquors, tomato sauce, yogurt, salad dressing, perfume, after shave, the wrong cleaning products and so on, through a long list, most likely won’t damage “granite” and “green marble” surfaces (at least in the short run), but will ETCH polished marble, travertine, limestone, onyx, alabaster and many a slate. Therefore,
DO pick up any spills as quickly as possible.
DON’T rub the spill, only blot it.
DON’T use cleaning products on or near your natural stone unless the label specifies that it is safe on natural marble (cultured marble is man-made, and it’s basically a plastic material).
This includes glass cleaner to clean the mirror over a marble vanity top, or a liquid toilet bowl cleaner when the toilet is set on a marble floor.