Cleaning Stone Fixtures And Flooring

Be careful when cleaning stone fixtures inside and outside your home to protect them and keep them lovely and durable for years to come.

More and more we are seeing people use stone in the home. Inside there are fireplaces, tables, and even basement floors made out of stone. Outside you have walls, walkways, sidewalks, patios, and even parts of the house are made from stone--and there are many different kinds of stone like granite, marble, sandstone, and slate. You need to know what you can and cannot put on these different kinds of stone without hurting them.

Granite is the most popular and used the most. It stands up to weather well because it is very hard and durable. You can leave it dull, or polish it so it shines. You don't have to worry if your cleaner has chemicals in it, because almost any cleaner chemical is fine with granite. The easiest way to clean a large area of granite is a pressure washer, and if you don't have a pressure washer you can use a bucket and some heavy duty cleaner, then take a hose and rinse it off. You can remove most stains off of granite with a poultice.

Marble is one of the prettiest stones there are, and you have to be very careful when you clean it because some acids and chemicals will hurt it. You should not use this kind of stone where a lot of people can walk on it. Vinegar, fruit juice, etc, with any kind of acid will hurt it. You need to use a floor finish on it and then polish it and buff it.

Sandstone is never used for any kind of flooring. It is very soft and very absorbent, and can be used for walls. You will have to be very careful when cleaning sandstone, and don't use chemicals or wire brushes (remember it is very soft).

Slate is found in flooring and roof shingles. You do not have to worry about chemicals because it is very resistant, and you can use general stone care to maintain it. Since all stone absorbs water you should always try to seal it first. This will prevent staining and make it easier to clean. You need to use an impregnator that will penetrate the surface and form a below-the-surface seal. Always remember that you need to sweep it and use a dust mop to remove grit and other dirt that might damage the floor. You can use a wet mop with a neutral cleaning solution. You can wax it, but there are easier way of taking care of your floor that will bond a lot better than wax. Try to use a stone soap on it and buff if out. The buffing will build up a good patina that makes for a lot less maintenance than caring for wax. If you get any scratches on it, sometimes you can buff it out, but if they are too bad you will have to call for a professional contractor to repair it.

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