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How To Clean Stone Surfaces

As a growing popular flooring and counter top choice in Dallas, natural stones like granite and marble are solid investments for your home or office. While they may be known for their durability, it is important that you care and clean them properly. There are many cleaning chemicals out there that work great and you have probably used for years, but some of them are not safe to use on natural stone surfaces. With proper care and cleaning, you can get many years of lasting beauty.

 

How to clean stone surfaces in your home or office:

  • With warm water, clean stone surfaces with a mild liquid soap or a neutral cleaner; you can pick up some stone soap, which is designed specifically for cleaning stone. Try not to use too much, the soaps can leave unsightly streaks or a film coating.
  • When cleaning granite floors or marble floors, use a clean rag mop.
  • When cleaning granite counter tops or marble counter tops, use a soft, non-abrasive cloth.
  • Once you’ve cleaned the stone surface with soap, rinse the surface thoroughly and dry with a soft cloth.
  • In wet areas such as your bath or shower, use a squeegee after cleaning to eliminate soap scum. You can also remove soap scum with a non-acidic soap scum remover or a solution of diluted ammonia water, but do not use the ammonia water solution too much as it can dull the surface over time.

The Do’s and Don’ts of stone surface cleaning and care

Stone Surface Do’s:

  • Dust regularly
  • Clean with neutral cleaners or mild soaps, then rinse thoroughly and dry immediately
  • Blot spills immediately as they could stain the surface
  • Protect high traffic areas with rugs or mats
  • Use coasters under hot and cold cups and dishes
  • Always use a cutting board on stone surfaces in your kitchen

 

Stone Surface Don’ts:

  • Don’t use bathroom cleaners or tub and tile cleaners
  • Don’t use powdered cleaners
  • Don’t use abrasive sponges or scrubbers
  • Don’t wipe up spills, only blot them
  • Don’t use cleaners that are not recommended by stone cleaning professionals

 

Along with properly cleaning your stone, sealing stone surfaces is another step that will ensure even more lasting years of solid beauty in your home or office. The sealing process is important and is best left to a professional in most cases. If the stone surfaces in you Dallas-area home haven’t been sealed at all or it has been quite some time, it would be best to contact your Dallas cleaning company for a consultation on sealing stone surfaces. For more information, please refer to our Marble and Granite Care page and contact us if have any questions about how to clean stone surfaces.

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