4 simple tips for looking after natural stone
Now, we may be ever so lightly biased but it’s difficult to argue that natural stone is an extraordinary material. Not only is it beautiful, extremely hard-wearing and resistant, but every single block, slab, tile or product made from it is absolutely unique. In a world of increasingly cookie-cutter style production, this is an attribute to be prized.
When you purchase an item in natural stone, be it a kitchen top, shower tray, floor tiles or just a small decorative accessory, you are effectively taking ownership of something which cannot be replicated. So, to ensure your natural stone remains as beautiful in 20 or 50 years as it is today, here are a couple of easy tips to follow.
- The first trick is to wipe up spills quickly, just as you would do with pretty much any surface product. Unfortunately, no sealant exists which will completely ensure natural stone is completely immune to stains, but our finished products all leave our Tuscan site already sealed with three coats of the highest possible level of protection. If you purchase tiles, we recommend the best products to use during installation and, like the sealants we use, they do a great job in creating a temporary barrier and slowing down the absorption of staining products into the stone.
But, natural stone is… natural, and can therefore absorb coffee, red wine and the like. So, the best defence is to wipe up spills as soon as you can. That way they won’t penetrate and become stains.
- It’s also important to clean often, especially in wet areas, so that limescale, soap scum and the like don’t get the chance to build up and congeal as that is when they get difficult to remove. We always recommend you wipe down shower walls with a squeegee. This is particularly important if the stone will be exposed to “hard” water.
- Avoid placing hot objects such as kettles or pans directly onto natural stone, and instead keep a trivet or wooden board handy.
- Natural stone does not love harsh cleaning products so please don’t use acids, bleaches or descaling agents. In fact, neutral soap or a neutral detergent such as FilaCleaner is all you need.
And, a final word about stains, from a completely different perspective. Like a well-worn, much loved Chesterfield sofa or leather jacket, sometimes the marks and imperfections add to the beauty of the product and tell the story of your relationship with it over the years. Natural stone already has thousands of years of history behind it, so in a way, those little “scars” and the patina created by you can be considered as your contribution to that story. It’s all a question of how you look at it!