Now that you have beautiful natural stone installed, you can follow a few basic guidelines to ensure that your new natural stone will maintain its beauty and resilience for years to come.
Delicate chemical compositions of natural stone like marble may interact with unapproved cleaning agents and may damage your new stone. While granite is very durable and more resistant to acids found in vinegars, lemons, and in some cleaning products, you still must use caution. To sustain the life of your natural stone, it is very important that you only use recommended cleaners.
Use an all purpose cleaner on your natural stone. If the label doesn’t say it is recommended for granite or marble, don’t use it.
Follow the recommendations regarding the care and maintenance to your particular type of natural stone.
Use cleaners that are made specifically for the type of stone you have.
Acidic spills including those from lemonade, orange juice, wine, tomato sauce, and vinegar can etch polished marble. These acids usually don’t damage granite but may cause etching if left unattended for a period of time.
Let a spill go unattended.
Clean up all spills on natural stone as soon as possible.
Blot the spill repeatedly; never rub as this will increase the chance of permanent etching on your natural stone surface.