When it comes to enhancing the appearance of your home or business, there’s nothing that comes close to natural stone.
Natural stone looks great on countertops, floors, walls and any other surfaces on your property. While this stone may look great, it is something that requires great care to keep its impeccable appearance.
To ensure that the natural stone in your property looks great for years to come, make sure to follow these three easy tips to keep it well maintained.
Use coasters on countertops
Whether you have granite, marble or any other type of natural stone for the countertops in your home, it is important to try and avoid staining from drinks such as alcohol or acidic juices.
One of the easiest ways to avoid this is by simply placing a coaster beneath any drinks. Whether you are preparing dinner and set a glass of wine down on the countertop or place a glass of orange juice on it while looking for a snack, any spills can leave lasting stains that will need to be removed by a professional team.
While this may seem like an unnecessary maintenance task, it can go a long way in keeping your stone looking its very best.
Avoid contact with hot substances
Another easy tip to maintain the appearance of your natural stone is to avoid placing hot substances directly on top of it. While some countertop materials can withstand high heat without being damaged, natural stone can crack and warp under the high heat.
Because of this, it is important to not only place items from the stove or oven on a hot pad, but hot ceramic dishes, Tupperware and more should also not come into direct contact with your natural stone.
Steer clear of acidic cleaners
While you may think you’re doing the right thing by using a store-bought cleaner for your natural stone, you may actually be doing more harm than good.
If these cleaners contain acidic solutions, they can slowly strip away the sealer on your countertops, floors and other surfaces and leave them open to long-term damage.
As a rule of thumb, it is suggested to only by cleaning products that specifically say they are safe to use on natural stone. You can also make your own cleaning solution that contains non-acidic materials such as rubbing alcohol, dishwashing detergent and essential oil to masks the alcohol smell. As an added tip, make sure to rinse and dry the surface with clear water after washing with the solution.
Should you follow all of the above methods for maintaining your natural stone and are still noticing issues associated with general wear and tear, we ask that you reach out to our experienced team at Stone Makeover.
We will be happy to use our expertise on the natural stone flooring, countertops and more in your home to have it looking its very best. Give our friendly stone maintenance team a call today at (800) 661-7866 to learn more!