Tuesday, January 3, 2012

General Cleaning and Care for Natural Stone


ESSENTIAL CARE INSTRUCTIONS FOR NATURAL STONE SURFACES


Cleaning Procedures & Recommendations

General Cleaning - Clean stone surfaces with a neutral cleaner designated safe for natural
stone. Use a clean mop on floors and a soft cloth for other surfaces for best results. Don't use
more than the recommended amount of any cleaning product. Too much may leave a film,
causing streaks. Change rinse water frequently. Do not use products that contain lemon, vinegar
or other acids on marble, travertine or limestone as these can etch the surface of the stone. Do
not use scouring powders or creams; these products contain abrasives that may scratch the
surface.

Floor Surfaces - (For newly installed/restored floors, refer to our Stone Care Tips for important
instructions.) Dust mop interior floors frequently using a clean non-treated dry dust mop. Sand,
dirt and grit do the most damage to natural stone surfaces due to their abrasiveness. Mats or
area rugs inside and outside an entrance will help to minimize the sand, dirt and grit that can
scratch a stone floor. Be sure that the underside of the mat or rug is a non-slip surface. Do not
use vacuum cleaners that are worn, the metal or plastic attachments may scratch the surface.

Bath and Other Wet Areas - in the bath/shower or other wet areas, using a squeegee after each
use can minimize soap scum.

Counter/Vanity Top Surfaces - Clean your countertops daily with a soft cloth or paper towel and
a residue free pH neutral cleaner designated safe for natural stone. Ask an expert at Classic
Marble Restoration, Inc. for product questions pertaining to their safety and usage with natural
stone.

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