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March 19, 2012

How do I care for Natural Stone?

Basic Stone Care Information
Stone is made of natural minerals that may react adversely to cleaning chemicals and acids not intended for stone care use.  Particular varieties of natural stone consist mainly of calcium carbonate (marble, limestone, onyx, and travertine) and are extremely sensitive to acid.  This is the reason why fruit juices, wine, and harsh chemicals must be removed from the surface of the stone immediately.

 

Different granites will have different levels of resistance toward staining and scratching.  While cutting directly on granite surfaces will not affect the large majority of granites, cutting boards are recommended to avoid quick dulling of your knives.  Repeat use of a knife in the same place on a granite countertop can eventually wear down the polish.

 

Do’s:

 

DO clean stone with soap and water regularly, drying the surface after washing

 

DO dust surfaces frequently

 

DO wipe up spills immediately to avoid staining
DO seal the stone annually.  Light-colored granite and all marble require more frequent sealing.  It doesn’t make stone UN-stainable but slows stains and allows more clean up time.

 

Don’ts:

 

DO NOT use acidic or abrasive cleaners or pads on any stone
DO NOT use vinegar, lemon juice, or other cleaners containing acid
DO NOT use cleaners that contain acid such as bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners, or tub & tile
DO NOT use abrasive cleaners such as dry cleansers or soft cleansers

 

Different types of Products

 

Sealing countertops is recommended once per year.  Lesher, Inc. seals all kitchen, bath, vanity and stonework with an impregnating polymer sealer prior to installation.  We recommend the use of impregnating sealers.  They penetrate below the surface and become repellent.  Impregnators keep contaminants out, but do not stop the interior moisture from escaping.  These products are “breathable”, meaning they allow for vapor transmission.  They are generally water-repelling and may also be oil-repelling.
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