How to clean Porous Stone
Stone countertops, walls, floors and showers add an air of natural elegance to your home. The strength and beauty of natural stone makes it a centerpiece in any room. However, maintaining the color, depth, and finish of your stone means giving it special care. This is why it is important to learn how to clean stone properly.
Natural Stone Care
All natural stones--granite, marble, travertine, slate, and limestone included--are porous. The pores are tiny spaces between the grains of the stone. Liquids, such as cooking oil, wine, and cosmetics, can seep into these pores, causing stains.
Not all stones are equally porous, though. Marble, for example, is more porous than granite and, therefore, stains easier.
What’s more, calciferous stones such as marble, travertine, and limestone will not only stain, but chemically react with common household substances including cleaning products, fruit juices, and ketchup. These acidic substances will etch your stone, permanently damaging it.
To prevent staining and chemical damage, natural stone must be sealed--this should be done when your stone is installed. Sealers, however, will also suffer damage from harsh cleaning chemicals, which is why it is important to always use a pH balanced natural stone cleaner.
How to clean natural stone
Cleaners containing vinegar, lemon, orange, bleach, or ammonia can cause damage to your stone surfaces and stone sealer. In fact, it is wise to avoid all common cleaners you find in the grocery store, as well as many home-made solutions.
How, then, do you clean natural stone?
Choose a product that is specially formulated for natural stone cleaning. These products are pH balanced (aka pH neutral) so they will not harm your stone or sealer.
For best results, use a daily stone cleaner that also conditions your stone--filling the naturally porous surface. This will help prevent spills and acids from seeping into your stone. It will also save you the hassle of having to re-seal your stone due to damage caused by harsh cleaning chemicals.
The Supreme Surface line of stone cleaning products contains a unique formula that is safe for everyday use and has a proprietary conditioner called ioSeal that helps protect your stone from staining. These environmentally friendly cleaning products are 100% organic and biodegradable. Best of all, they will leave your granite, marble, quartz, travertine, or limestone surfaces noticeably brighter with a beautiful finish.