Care & maintenance of stone

To maintain natural stone,clean regularly with a soft cloth or mop and warm soapy water. Scourers can be used to remove difficult deposits. The appearance of a crack does not implyfaulty material or workmanship. Cracking is normally associated with movement or inappropriate use. Always clean up spills as soon as they occur to limit any absorption. With proper care and maintenance you natural stone will last a long time.

  • Any spills must be removed / cleaned immediately. In the case of marble it is a porous material (even with a proprietary sealer) any spills will penetrate into the stone and cause stains or etching etc. The application of sealers does not stop staining but may reduce the chance of staining by delaying liquid penetration into the stone
  • Spills can be very different in nature from one to the next. Most of them, however, will turn out to be detrimental to stone if unattended immediately. Orange juice, lemonade, wine, vinegar, liquors, tomato sauce, yoghurt, salad dressing, perfume, after shave, wrong cleaning products and so on, will ETCH polished marble, travertine, limestone and onyx.
  • Clean the stone thoroughly using fresh warm water or if necessary using only neutral detergents (always do a small sample area as a test)
  • You may clean all stones with Methylated Spirits (such as acetone)
  • After the stone has dried, you may wipe it with a clean cloth to remove any streaks
  • Sealers are sometimes applied to natural stone; however they are not effective against acidity.
  • Detergents containing alkali, acid, metallic salts and/or other strong substances can actually attack the surface of the atone, and are NOT to be used
  • Do not use scourers or any type of abrasive products on any of the stones
  • Do not drag heavy sharp objects over the surface of any of the stones
  • Do not place hot items onto the stone. This can crack the stone.
  • Do not use vinegar or acidic substances to clean marble or limestone's
  • Do not clean any stone with Thinners or Mineral Turpentine