Stone surfaces in your home or business are an investment in beauty and durability. However, common misconceptions about stone care can lead to improper practices that damage these exquisite surfaces. This blog from Fuller Stone Care aims to debunk these myths and provide a clear guide on the do’s and don’ts of stone care, ensuring your surfaces remain pristine for years to come.
Myth 1: All Stone Surfaces Are the Same
Don’t: Treat all stone surfaces identically.
Do: Understand the unique needs of each type of stone. Granite, marble, limestone, travertine, and slate each have different properties and porosity levels. This means that what works for one might not work for another. Always use cleaning and sealing products formulated for your specific type of stone.
Myth 2: Acidic Cleaners Are Fine for Natural Stone
Don’t: Use vinegar, lemon juice, or other acidic cleaners on natural stone.
Do: Opt for pH-neutral cleaners designed for stone care. Acidic substances can etch the surface of stones like marble and limestone, leaving dull marks. Fuller Stone Care recommends using specially formulated stone cleaners that effectively clean without damaging the surface.
Myth 3: A Sealer Makes Stone Stain-Proof
Don’t: Assume that once your stone is sealed, it’s immune to staining.
Do: Understand that sealers provide a protective barrier that gives you more time to clean up spills, but they aren’t foolproof. It’s important to clean spills, especially acidic ones, as soon as possible. Regular resealing is also necessary to maintain the protective layer, as it wears down over time.
Myth 4: Daily Cleaning Requires Special Products
Don’t: Feel the need to use heavy-duty stone cleaners for daily maintenance.
Do: Use gentle soap and water for routine cleaning. While specialty products are great for deep cleaning or specific issues, for daily upkeep, a soft cloth or mop with mild soap and water is often sufficient. This prevents the build-up of harsh substances that could diminish the stone’s shine and quality over time.
Myth 5: Scrubbing Brushes Are Great for Tough Stains
Don’t: Use abrasive pads or stiff-bristle brushes on stone surfaces.
Do: Use soft cloths or sponges. Abrasive materials can scratch and dull the finish of your stone. For tough stains, it’s better to use a poultice or call in professionals like Fuller Stone Care who can safely remove stains without damaging the stone.
Myth 6: All Stone Needs to Be Sealed
Don’t: Seal stone without assessing its needs.
Do: Consult with professionals about sealing. Some stones, like granite, may require less frequent sealing, while others, like marble, benefit from regular application. The need for sealing depends on the stone’s porosity and the area’s usage. Fuller Stone Care can assess your stone and provide tailored recommendations.
Myth 7: Water Spots Are Permanent
Don’t: Panic over water spots.
Do: Know that most water spots and rings are temporary and can be buffed out with a soft cloth. Persistent or hard water spots may require a professional touch to remove. Regular sealing can also help minimize the appearance of water spots.
Choose Fuller Stone Care for Expert Stone Care
Navigating stone care doesn’t have to be a minefield of myths and misconceptions. Fuller Stone Care is here to provide expert advice and services to keep your stone surfaces looking their best. From professional cleaning and sealing to polishing and repair, our team ensures that your investment is protected and showcased in all its natural beauty.
For more information on caring for your stone surfaces or to debunk more stone care myths, contact Fuller Stone Care at 855-205-0972. Let us guide you in preserving the elegance and durability of your stone for generations to enjoy.