To protect the surfaces in your home, mind a few simple care instructions: use coasters under all glasses, particularly those containing alcohol or citrus juices; do not place hot items directly on the stone surface; use trivets or mats under hot dishes and placemats under china, ceramics, silver, or other objects that may scratch the surface.
Following these easy instructions will keep your surfaces clean and well maintained for many years. For additional care instructions, visit the Marble Institute of America's consumer care page.
The abrasiveness of sand, dirt, and grit causes the most wear on natural stone surfaces. To keep your floor surfaces looking like new, dust mop interior floors frequently using a clean non-treated dry dust mop.
Doormats or area rugs with protective pads inside and outside an entrance will help to minimize the sand, dirt, and grit that will scratch the stone floor.
Also, avoid using worn or older vacuum cleaners, as the metal or plastic attachments on the wheels may scratch the surface.
Bath & Other Wet Areas
Keeping your bath surfaces free from harmful soap scum will lengthen their life. Use a squeegee, a non-acidic soap scum remover, or a solution of ammonia and water (about 1/2 cup ammonia to a gallon of water) to regularly maintain your surfaces.
Vanity Top Surfaces
At Santarossa we will provide specific instructions for each type of surface, but the maintenance of vanity tops typically requires the application of a penetrating sealer.
Using a good quality marble wax, or non-yellowing automobile paste wax, will significantly help minimize water spotting.
Food Preparation Areas
In food preparation areas, you’ll want to apply a non-toxic penetrating sealer to maintain your surface in safe and original condition.
Outdoor Pool & Patio Areas
Flushing outdoor pool, patio or hot tub areas with clear water and using a mild bleach solution to remove algae and moss will help keep outdoor pool and patio areas in excellent condition.
Clean stone surfaces with a few drops of neutral cleaner, stone soap (available at hardware stores or from your stone dealer) or a mild liquid dishwashing detergent and warm water. For best results, a clean rag should be used to mop floors and wipe other surfaces.
Products that contain lemon, vinegar, or other acids should be kept away from marble and limestone. Do not use scouring powders or creams; these products contain abrasives that may scratch the surface.
To complete the process, rinse the surface thoroughly after washing with the soap solution and dry with a soft cloth.
If you have natural stone surfaces that have been damaged, give us a call. In many cases we are able to restore the surface.