When it comes to keeping the natural stone on your patio, walkways or pool area looking its best, there are several things that you will have to contend with.
Whether it be something out of your control such as fading from sunlight or something you can control such as the use of cleaning supplies, there are several things that can be done to ensure your natural stone keeps an impeccable appearance and stands up to the elements for years to come.
In this blog post, we will discuss a few of the common ways your outdoor natural stone can be damaged and how you can protect it from this damage.
Sunlight is one of the leading causes of damage to natural stone and can cause fading and loss of the “pop” in color you love.
If your natural stone is directly exposed to the sun, it won’t be surprising to notice this fading within the first few years of installation. Stone that is treated with a resin is especially prone to damage and it will require professional assistance to keep its beautiful appearance.
There are also things you can do on your own to protect your natural stone such as having tables with large umbrellas or canopies on your patio, larger bushes along walkways to block the sun for part of the day and more.
Mud & Dirt
While this is another example of something that can be a bit out of your control, there are certain things that can be done to keep mud and dirt from damaging your natural stone.
Your little ones, family or friends who visit your home will undoubtedly drag dirt, mud and other debris onto your natural stone patios and walkways. You can do your best to slow this damage, however, by asking your family and guests to wear clean shoes, sandals or even use their bare feet when they’re heading to the pool.
If it’s an especially muddy day and your stone is exposed to it, you can use appropriate cleaners such as a good alkaline cleaner with a brush that will not scratch and further damage the stone.
If you are uneasy about cleaning mud and dirt off of the stone yourself, make sure to hire a professional stone restoration team that will be able to clean these off with ease each spring or whenever there is excess mud at any time of year.
Another way that outdoor natural stone can commonly be damaged is from the incorrect use of cleaning products. Say you have some dirt on your stone that you want removed, if you pick just any cleaner, it can have certain acidic properties that can cause etching and actually do more harm than good.
If you decide to clean your natural stone yourself, make sure you are using a product that is safe, and also be sure to not overspray, as that can lead to damage to your stone as well.
When you have tried to care for the natural stone on the outside of your home and feel that professional assistance is necessary, we ask that you reach out to our expert team at Stone Makeover.
We proudly assist homeowners throughout the New York and New Jersey area, and we will be honored to come to your home to clean and restore any natural stone you have this spring.
For more information or to schedule any restoration services, we invite you to call us today at 800-661-7866.