If you are like most people, around this time of year you make a list of New Years Resolutions. At Pine Stone Co, we have a few suggestions you should add to your list for the upcoming year.
Custom stonework is a beautiful, natural product. It is durable and very weather resistant, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do some annual maintenance to protect your investment. Keep in mind, that natural stone requires a very different maintenance routine than traditional, man-made ceramic tile walls and floors. Many of the cleaners acceptable for use on ceramic tile can stain, damage or dull stone.
How to Maintain Stone Countertops
- Carefully clean your countertops with clean, damp cloth and mild soapy water. Avoid cleaners with bleach or ammonia that could strip away the stone sealant.
- Reseal the stone. Your marble, granite and quartzite countertops should have been sealed when they were installed. If the stone sealant has worn away, we recommend you hire a professional to come in and reseal the stone. They will know what sealants are best for your type of stone!
How to Maintain Stone Flooring
- The best way to protect your natural stone flooring is prevention, use non-slip mats to allow people to wipe their feet before walking on the floor.
- Damp mop stone floors frequently to remove sand and grit that over time, will damage and wear the surface.
- Blot up spills immediately.
- Do not use:
- Bleach (If you live in an area where mold and algae is a problem, water and very mild bleach can be used, but consult with a stone expert first!)
- Scouring or Abrasive Powders.
- Commercial Tub and Tile Cleaners.
- Vinegar or other acids.
- Commercial grout cleaners – They can discolor natural stone!
- Inspect and immediately replace any missing grout.
- For applications where the stone was originally sealed, we recommend that you reseal the floor every two years.
How to Maintain Stone Walls
- Inspect your walls each year. Look for missing or loose stones and deteriorating or missing mortar. Promptly make repairs as needed.
- Inspect the drainage at the base of your walls for puddling. Clean weep holes and flush water through them to insure they are not plugged.
- Every couple of years, power wash walls – be careful not to blast out the mortar.
- Remove brush and branches that are rubbing up against walls.
As always be careful when making inspections. Consider contacting a professional to access dangerous or hard to get to areas. Professionals will also know what to look for and they can give you the best advise on making repairs.
With just a little work, natural stone will retain it’s beautiful appearance for years and years.
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