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Mar 24

Stockett Staff

5 Tips for Preventing Damage to Your Natural Stone

by Stockett Staff

5 Tips for Preventing Damage to Your Natural Stone

Learn how to minimize damage to your natural stone flooring, countertops, and more.

Through the ages, natural stone has been used in homes, cathedrals, commercial buildings, and more. If you enjoy the durability and elegance of natural stone in your home, you probably want to do everything in your power to maintain the beauty of your natural stone for years to come. Below are 5 tips for caring for your natural stone and preventing damage.

  • Install a water softener

To prevent hard water stains from forming on natural stone surfaces, install a water softener in your home. A water softener will remove all or most of the minerals that cause hard water deposits to form. If you install a water softener, you’re also likely to use less soap when cleaning your natural stone, which can help minimize soap buildup.

  • Clean your natural stone frequently

Sand, dirt, and grit can scratch and damage natural stone surfaces. If you have natural stone flooring, sweep it regularly to prevent dirt from settling into the stone. Use a dry dust mop to sweep natural stone floors.

Place mats and rugs with non-slip backing at exterior entrances to collect loose dirt before it reaches your natural stone flooring. Be sure to keep your mats clean and shake them off outside on a regular basis so that dirt doesn’t make its way to your floors. 

  • Use a cleaner that’s specifically designed for natural stone

Avoid using bleach or other abrasive cleaners on natural stone surfaces. Most household cleaners are off limits because they are acidic and can damage natural stone or the sealer that has been applied to it. Experts recommend using cleaners that are formulated specifically for natural stone, which are available at most home improvement stores.

  • Seal your natural stone

Natural stone can be very porous and thus susceptible to absorbing liquid and stains from spills. A sealer creates a film on the surface of natural stone. Sealing your natural stone is important because it repels stains until spills are cleaned. Sealer also prevents wear and tear on natural stone surfaces. Regular use will eventually result in the abrasion of the sealer’s surface, however, so reapplication is necessary.

  • Clean up spills immediately

Many foods, beverages, and toiletries can damage natural stone. It’s especially important to exercise caution with acidic substances, like soft drinks or orange juice.

If you spill something on your natural stone, don’t panic. Clean up the spill as quickly as possible. If you leave a spill for an extended period of time, it can penetrate the stone, even if you applied a sealer.

The goal when cleaning spills is to remove as much of the liquid as possible without letting it spread. Use a non-abrasive soft cloth or sponge to blot the area. Finally, wipe it clean with a natural stone cleaner.

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Stockett Tile & Granite Company is a leading Arizona granite fabrication and installation leader. Since 1974, we’ve offered a variety of beautiful natural stone applications for residential and commercial settings. For more information about our services, please call 480.443.1988 (623.344.8400) or request a project estimate online!