Nature needed millions
of years to create your beautiful stone. It takes only a minor investment
of time and money to protect and preserve this work of art.
and sealing should be done as soon as possible after installation of
any stone (most sealers require that the stone installation be allowed
to cure seven to ten days before sealing).
Almost all stones
used in todays applications require sealing if the stone is to
be kept looking as good as the day it was installed. Cleaning and sealing
should be done only by an experienced company. The wrong sealer on a
stone, or improper application, can do so much damage to the finish
of the stone that specialized professional help will be required to
restore the stone to its original beauty.
your stone has been cleaned and sealed, how to keep it looking good.
Keep it swept.
The most expensive damage to a stone floor is often from dirt and debris
allowed to remain on the floor. Traffic on a dirty floor will result
in scratching and dulling of the surface. Dust mopping, sweeping and
vacuuming are all good ways to keep the floor clean. Vacuuming should
not be done with a roll-around vacuum. The wheels on most vacuums can
scar the surface of the stone and require a professional restoration
company to fix. A good tool for sweeping is "The Swiffer" by Proctor
and Gamble, the dry version. Replace the cloth each time it is used
on your stone; they work great.
We do not recommend
mopping generally. Mopping leaves watermarks that have to be polished
off. If not polished, these watermarks accumulate and make the floor
For spills and
spots, clean off immediately using a damp rag and dry the area with
a clean, soft cloth.
We recommend one mat outside the entry and one inside. Avoid mats with
plastic or rubber backs. These can trap moisture that can damage some
stones. Avoid mats like carpet samples with hard, scratchy backs. These
are made to be tough and last and last. Unfortunately they are often
tougher than the finish on the stone and can damage the surface. Don't
use chemicals or cleaners that you would not use to clean your own hands.
If they can damage your skin, they can damage your stone.