Stone Care Tips
Nothing compares to the elegance and beauty of natural stone.
It delivers both unmatched beauty and practicality making it an investment you will never regret. But once you have it, how do you take care of it? The truth is, with very little effort, your natural stone will give you years and years of low maintenance service.
Download and print our extensive free Stone Care Guide and refer to this page to arm you with everything you need to know about caring for and maintaining your natural stone and tile.
Essential Care Instructions For Natural Stone
Cleaning Procedures & Recommendations
General Cleaning: Clean stone surfaces with a cleaner designated safe for natural stone. Use a clean mop on floors and a soft cloth for other surfaces for best results. Don’t use more than the recommended amount of any cleaning product. Too much may leave a film, causing streaks. Change rinse water frequently. Do not use products that contain lemon, vinegar or other acids on marble, travertine or limestone as these can etch the surface of the stone. Do not use scouring powders or creams; these products contain abrasives that may scratch the surface.
Floor Surfaces: (For newly installed/restored floors, refer to our Care Guide for important instructions.) Dust mop interior floors frequently using a clean non-treated dry dust mop. Sand, dirt and grit do the most damage to natural stone surfaces due to their abrasiveness. Mats or area rugs inside and outside an entrance will help to minimize the sand, dirt and grit that can scratch a stone floor. Be sure that the underside of the mat or rug is a non-slip surface. Do not use vacuum cleaners that are worn, the metal or plastic attachments may scratch the surface. Consult the Care Guide or the Solution Center at stoneandtilepros.com that provides detailed instructions on properly caring for your floors.
Bath and Other Wet Areas: In the bath / shower or other wet areas, soap scum can be minimized by using a squeegee after each use. Consult the Care Guide or theConsult our Care Guide or the Solution Center at www.stoneandtilepros.com for detailed instructions and recommended products on how to remove soap scum as well as resolving other issues that can arise in a bath area.
Counter/Vanity Top Surfaces: Clean your countertops daily with a soft cloth or paper towel and a residue free cleaner designated safe for natural stone. Visit theConsult our Care Guide or the Solution Center at www.stoneandtilepros.com to identify the best products for your particular needs.
- If Streaking Occurs
Buff the countertop with a clean white terry cloth or paper towel if streaking occurs.
- Use a Good Stone Polish Occasionally
For additional luster on those special occasions, apply a good stone polish to the surface of your countertops.
- Seal if Necessary
Countertops may need to have a penetrating sealer applied. If a sealer is applied, be sure that it is non-toxic and safe for use in food preparation surfaces. Consult ourConsult our Care Guide or the Solution Center at www.stoneandtilepros.com for more information on sealing.
Outdoor Pool & Patio Areas: In outdoor pool, patio or hot tub areas, flush with clear water and use a mild bleach solution to remove algae or moss.
Do’s and Don’ts:
- Do dust mop floors frequently.
- Do clean surfaces with a neutral stone cleaner.
- Do thoroughly rinse and dry the surface after washing.
- Do blot up spills immediately.
- Do protect floor surfaces with non-slip mats or area rugs and counter top surfaces with coasters, trivets or place mats, particularly under those containing alcohol or citrus juices. Many common foods and drinks contain acids that will etch or dull the stone surface.
- Don’t place hot items directly on the stone surface. Use trivets or mats under hot dishes and place mats under china, ceramics, silver or other objects that can scratch the surface.
- Don’t use vinegar, lemon juice or other cleaners containing acids on marble, limestone, travertine or onyx surfaces.
- Don’t use cleaners that contain acid such as bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners or tub & tile cleaners.
- Don’t use abrasive cleaners such as dry cleansers or soft cleansers.
- Don’t mix bleach and ammonia; this combination creates a toxic and lethal gas.
Stain Treatment and Other Issues
If possible, immediately blot spills with a clean paper towel. If something has soaked into the stone and stained it, a poultice may need to be applied. Consult our Care Guide or the Solution Center at www.stoneandtilepros.com for detailed instructions on how to treat a host of possible stains as well as resolve other issues.
Your natural stone and grout may need to be periodically sealed. For small jobs, you can purchase the product and do it yourself, or contact us to perform the service for you. Consult our Care Guide or the Solution Center at www.stoneandtilepros.com for more information about when and how to apply sealer.