Natural Stone cleaning recommendations
- Hot water extraction cleaning method is recommend over other methods
- Residential cleaning frequency is once every 12 months or once every 6 – 12 months for high moisture areas.
Drying time after service vary based on room temperature, relative humidity, and air movement. Generally grout remains damp after service for 4-8 hours.
Floors are walkable immediately after service.
Counter tops and vanities are usable immediately after service.
Recommendations after service:
- Room temperature of at least 70 degrees
- Turn on any fans available for air movement to expedite drying.
- Allow the area to dry 24 hours before introducing moisture
Natural stone covers a broad spectrum of materials such as marble, granite, slate, terrazzo, onyx, blue stone, sand stone, travertine, limestone, flagstone, among the more popular. Each type branches out to several different families. For example, Marble has over 15 common types that are quarried from all over the world, and all range in hardness, patterns, application, finishes. To further explain, you may have a mosaic – emperador brown – polished finish – 3/8″ used on a floor application. To make a long story short, every floor is different, and likewise would have different need of service.
Natural stone covers a wide array of materials such as marble, granite, limestone, travertine, terrazzo, onyx, sandstone, flagstone, bluestone and slate. These materials come in many different styles of finish such as polished, honed, tumbled, flamed, antiqued, textured, and natural. In today’s market, the use of natural stone has grown in demand, and the dynamics of which they are used range anywhere from floors, to countertops, to wall coverings both interior, and exterior.
All natural stones are pores by nature, which means they need to be sealed regularly to prevent staining. Natural stones that are placed in a high moisture area such as showers, and countertops need to be sealed more often. The schedule for re-sealing natural stone depends on several factors such as amount of use, hardness of water in the area/city, and the types of chemicals used or come in direct contact with natural stone surfaces.
Along with being pores, natural stones are PH sensitive. High PH cleaners may dull your finish, and remove existing sealers. Acidic PH chemicals may etch and damage a finish, and cause pitting. Contrary to popular belief, vinegar water is NOT a good way to clean natural stone. Vinegar, along with most food items and beverages are acidic in PH and may ruin the finish of your stone.