First let’s try to understand what causes natural stone to lose its shine.
Two main reasons; a) Dust & grits, b) Wrong cleaning products & practices.
The dust & grits carried with foot traffic will put micro scratches over your natural stone surface, and pushing & dragging things cross the surface will makes the matter worse.
If not all, but the most natural stones around your home are acid sensitive materials.
Cleaning your natural stones with acidic cleaners will cause a chemical reaction within the natural minerals of your stone. And the end-results cleaning with those types of products are the pitted, etched, dulled and stained looking natural stone surface.
Besides cleaning your natural stone with the right cleaners, how you clean your natural stone will makes the different.
To know more about how to clean any natural stone surfaces around your home, you’re welcome to read our blog for “How to Clean Marble Surfaces” in our website at www.oldstonerestoration.com
In a meantime, here are some good tips for you to help maintain your natural stone finishes around your home.
- DO Dust mop, damp mop, and vacuum your floors periodically.
- DO Clean natural stone surfaces only with ph balanced neutral cleaners or stone soaps.
- DO Pick up spills immediately by blotting with fresh water & with clean rag or white paper towel.
- DO Thoroughly rinse and dry stone surfaces after washing.
- DO Use proper floor mats inside and outside of your front doors.
- DO Damp mop your stone surfaces regularly.
- DON’T Use vinegar, or glass cleaners as well as bathroom, grout, tub & tile cleaners.
- DON’T Use cleaners that contain acids on marble, travertine, limestone, or onyx surfaces.
- DON’T Use abrasive cleaners such as Soft Scrub, dry cleaners, or soft cleansers.
- DON’T Mix bleach and ammonia. It will create a toxic and lethal gas.
- DON’T Ever mix chemicals together unless the directions instruct you to do so.