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General maintenance for natural stones

The natural stone you have purchased for your home or office is an investment that will give you many years of beautiful service. Stone is a natural product and simple care and maintenance will keep it looking beautiful.

Stone is natural and may have adverse reactions to certain cleaning chemicals and procedures. The way to keep your new or old stone lovely is to keep it clean!

Clean the stone surfaces with a mild liquid dishwashing detergent and warm water or a non-abrasive household cleaner that is ammonia free. Use a clean rag mop on floors and a soft cloth for other surfaces for best results. Too much cleaner or soap may leave a film and cause streaks. Do not use products that contain lemon, vinegar or other acidic substances on marble or limestone.

Rinse the surface thoroughly after washing with the soap solution and dry with a soft cloth. Change the rinse water frequently.

Do not use scouring powders; these products contain abrasives that may scratch the stone. Your stone countertops have a penetrating sealer applied. If the sealer wears out, some spills could stain the stone.

To keep natural stone floors beautiful, it is critically important to keep dirt from settling into the surface, because it acts as an abrasive and can ruin both the look and durability of the stone. To help prevent the capture of dirt from normal foot traffic getting onto the floor:

Don't leave spills, especially orange juice, lemonade, wine, vinegar, liquors, tomato sauce, yogurt, salad dressing, perfume, after shave, etc. Wipe up these types of spills with a cloth or sponge right away, even if the natural stone has been sealed.

Do not use abrasive cleaners such as dry cleaners or soft cleaners.

Do not m​ix bleach and ammonia: this combination creates a toxic and lethal gas.

Do not ever mix chemicals together unless directions specifically instruct you to do so.

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