Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Marble and Stone Cleaning and Care Recommendations

Marble Cleaning Procedures and Recommendations
Marble Care for Floor Surfaces
Dry dust mop floors often using a clean chemical-free mop. Use mats and rugs on marble floors to reduce abrasions caused by sand and dirt. Be careful when using a vacuum cleaner on marble floors. The metal or plastic attachments or the wheels may scratch the surface.

Other Surfaces
Clean stone with neutral cleaner, stone soap, or a mild liquid dishwashing detergent and warm water. Clean with a clean rag mop on floors and a soft cloth for other surfaces. Overuse of cleaning products and soap can leave a film and cause streaks on your stone surface. Keep acidic cleaners containing lemon, vinegar or other acids away from marble and limestone. Completely and thoroughly rinse the stone surface after washing. Dry with a cloth. Also keep abrasive scouring powders or creams away from stone surfaces.
Granite Care and Marble Care for Bath and Other Wet Areas
Use a squeegee after using a stone bathing area to help prevent soap scum from building up.
You can use a solution of ammonia and water (about 1/2 cup ammonia to a gallon of water) to remove soap scum from stone. Do not overuse the ammonia because too much and too often can dull the surface of the stone.
Marble Care for Vanity Top Surfaces
Your stone vanity tops should be professionally sealed. Make sure that your stone supplier or installer gets your vanity top sealed for you. Marble wax works well for sealing stone vanity tops from stains and water spots.
Kitchen Countertops
In the kitchen, stone countertops should have a penetrating sealer applied. Make sure that is done before the installation is complete.  Of course, for kitchen use, you need a non-toxic food safe sealer.
Swimming Pool & Patio
Remove algae and moss with clear water and a mild bleach solution. Rinse well.


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