Your natural stone has evolved for thousands of years in order to become the beautiful piece you fell in love with. Proper care will enhance its appeal and can even help it to continue improving with age.
Marble surface can sometimes wear more easily than other types but it is one that can also be easily restored with light polishing. Use a soft cloth and warm water to clean and then use another cloth such as a shammy to buff and dry. Marble is very prone to water spots, so it is a good idea to never let it air dry. For cleaning marble floors, dust-mopping with a microfiber mop or soft cloth should be sufficient on a day-to-day basis, or use plain hot water if you need to get rid of any stubborn marks. Remember to avoid vinegar and other acidic cleaners.
To do list:
– Place coasters or trivets under hot, cold or acidic items to protect your stone surface from deterioration and discoloration.
– Apply an appropriate sealer for less porous material, a slightly tougher agent can be used to add shine and luster.
– Use specialized cleaners made with gentle ingredients that add a protective coating to your stone. Most have a lower ph level and will naturally remove foreign material without harsh abrasives.
Not to do list:
– Use ammonia, bleach, or acid based products.
– Apply abrasive cleaners that may wear the sealer or scratch your stone.
– Wait to clean up spills as they may become absorbed and be more difficult to fully remove.
By taking the time to ensure the proper care of your valuable investment, your natural stone tile will continue to reward you with beauty and performance that will endure and delight for generations to come.