The 4 key rules for caring for natural stone
Every day we see people fall in love with natural stone, appreciating it for its individuality, history and the imperfections that distinguish it from the manmade materials which abound today. We also hear all too often “it’s beautiful but difficult to look after”.
The good news is that there are in fact just a couple of simple rules to follow to protect your stone:
- Wipe up spills as soon as possible. Our finished products such as tables, basins and shower trays all receive three coats of a sealing treatment which repels oil and water, and this acts as a barrier to stains being absorbed into the stone. The same treatment should also be applied by your installer if you have chosen our stone for your floor, walls or other surfaces. It essentially allows you a few hours between the moment the wine, coffee or other item is spilt and when you wipe it off. If you leave it too long, however, the stain will penetrate the sealant and you may be left with a mark which is why it’s always best to remove it as quickly as possible.
- Avoid abrasive cleansers, ammonia, bleach, acid and descaling agents, including those trusty “homemade remedies” made from lemon, vinegar, baking soda and the like. All you need is a neutral cleaner, for example Marseilles soap or Fila Cleaner which you should find in most hardware stores.
- If the stone is frequently exposed to hard water, you will need to wipe down surfaces more frequently so that soap scum, lime scale and the like don’t have the chance to build up and congeal.
- Avoid placing super-hot pans directly onto a stone surface.
Of course, just like other natural materials such as leather and wood, the marks and scratches which accumulate over time can be considered your personal stamp on the surface, your contribution to the stone’s history. However, if you do prefer to keep your stone looking as pristine as the day it arrived, the above tips should do the job!