|Granite and marble counter
tops and floors are among the most beautiful and durable
surfaces on the market. With a little care and TLC, your
counter tops and floors will stay beautiful forever.
In order to prevent staining, scratching or etching,
follow these few simple steps.
- Frequently clean the floor with a dust mop to eliminate
dirt and the potential for scratching the surface.
- Always use coasters under any type of glass beverage.
Citric acids, alcohol and other substances may potentially
etch or dull the surface of the stone.
- Keep household chemicals away from calcium-based
stones, such as marble. Some chemicals will remove
the polish when in contact with the stone.
Regular Cleaning Procedures and Maintenance
Stone Floor Surfaces:
A regularly maintained floor yields a beautiful floor.
Frequently use a dust mop to collect dirt, dust and
other abrasive substances that might potentially scratch
the flooring surface. Non-slip mats and rugs on adjacent
outdoor floors help to contain gritty materials that
might otherwise scratch the floor surface.
To clean the floor, use a neutral cleaning agent or
mild detergent that is diluted in warm water. Cleaning
products specifically for stone may be found at hardware
or tile and stone supply stores. Carefully follow the
directions on the cleaning agent's package.
Using a clean mop or rag, gently apply the agent on
the surface. Do not use too much solution or soap on
the floor, as applying too much cleaning solution will
leave the floor with a film and streaks. For commercial
areas, use a red pad under a floor machine to scrub
the floor. Pick up the excess solution with a wet vacuum
and rinse the floor. A shining or polishing agent may
be applied with a mop to make the surface more glossy.
Thoroughly rinse the surface of any soap or solution
residue and dry with a cloth.
Never use citric acid based products on marble or limestone.
Never use scouring powders or other abrasive agents
as they may scratch the surface.
Stone Counter Surfaces:
The regimen for cleaning stone floors may also be used
to clean stone counter tops. However, some stone counter
tops may need to be sealed with a penetrating sealer.
The application of a sealer decreases the risk of staining
and discoloration. Over time, the sealer will need to
be reapplied in order to maintain its effectiveness
Penetrating sealers may be found at hardware and tile
supply stores. Marble wax or a non-yellowing car wax
may also be used to minimize water spotting. It is very
important to use a non-toxic sealer if it is to be applied
to a food preparation area.
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