Caring For Your Stone

Marble, Limestone, and Granite:

The beauty of marble, limestone and granite can last for a lifetime if not mistreated and periodic professional maintenance is performed from time to time.


Caring for Polished Marble, Limestone and Granite:

Normal "Housekeeping" Maintenance Involves -
  • Sweeping to remove dirt from the floor is very important before it gets ground into the floor and grout. Dirt, when left on the floor, can become an abrasive problem and cause scratches. Using a soft bristle broom or dust mop is recommended for this procedure.
  • Mopping with StoneClean 60 and water is recommended on a regular basis to pick up microscopic dirt and reduce the potential of scratches and chemical etches from normal traffic.
  • Spills should be wiped up immediately and clean area with StoneClean 60.
  • Use coasters for glasses and doilies on Marble tops for tables and bathroom vanities.
  • Never us abrasive cleaners.
  • Marble and limestone are calcium based alkaline stones and are susceptible to acid substances. Never us vinegar, lemon juice or any cleaner that contains acid.
  • Granite, marble and polished limestone counters, tables, and vanities can be maintained with Listo and RR1 Spray from Bellanzoni.
Professional Maintenance -
  • Marble and limestone will scratch or etch from use over a period of time. This is when MarbleCare should be called for advise on professionally restoring the beauty of the material. This can be done through diamond grinding, honing and/or polishing. Please contact us for a professional consultation.
  • Routine cleaning and polishing should also be scheduled for all polished material. Marble and limestone need more attention in this area than granite, but all materials should be taken care of by a professional on a periodic basis. Contact MarbleCare for any questions in this area.

Caring for Honed and Tumbled Finishes:

Giving stones a more natural or rustic finish has become very popular over the past few decades. This treatment requires special care. When a stone is honed it creates a smooth satin finish and is much more absorbent than a polished stone. Tumbles stones are rough finished and become very porous. In either case the stone now needs to be sealed to prevent absorption and stains.

Sealing of Honed or Tumbled Marble -
  • For your best results this process should be done by a MarbleCare professional as each stone and application can vary as much as the tile itself. MarbleCare has a complete line of sealers for every application and can help in prevent sealing problems down the road.
  • If you are a persistent "do-it-yourselfer" or your installer insists on doing the sealing; please feel free to contact MarbleCare for recommended sealers and directions. MarbleCare can supply sealers and direction to anyone wishing to go this route.
Normal "housekeeping" for Honed or Tumbled Material Once Sealed -
  • Sweeping to remove dirt from the floor is very important before they get ground in the floor and grout. Dirt when left on the floor can become an abrasive problem and cause scratches. Using a soft bristle broom or dust mop is recommended for this procedure.
  • Mopping with StoneClean 60 and water is recommended on a regular basis to pick up microscopic dirt and reduce the potential of scratches and chemical etches form normal traffic.
  • Spills should be wiped up immediately and cleaned with StoneClean 60.
  • Do not use abrasive cleaners.
  • Once your tile is sealed MarbleCare has a complete line of cleaners to compliment the sealer that was used.
Professional maintenance -
  • Periodically, honed material will show traffic patterns form normal traffic and the surface can be re-honed to match original finish then resealed. Consult MarbleCare for prices and advice on this process.
  • Tumbled marble can collect dirt and grime down in the open holes in the stone. Although this dirt is not staining or penetrating the stone, it can be difficult to get out. MarbleCare can provide service to professionally power scrub and extract build-up on the floor, and if needed reapply a light coat of new sealer. Please contact MarbleCare for more information on this process.

Slate, Flagstone, and other Natural Finished Stones:

These stones have been used for years for their natural beauty and rustic look to add to the value of the home and can be used in many applications. Just like Tumbled Marble and Limestone, these stones are porous and need to be protected with a sealer.

Caring for Slate, Flagstone, and other Natural Finished Stones -
  • For best results, this process should be done by a MarbleCare professional due to the fact that each stone and application can vary as much as the tile itself. MarbleCare has a complete line of sealers for every application and can prevent down the road problems of not having tile sealed or improper sealing from the beginning.
  • If you are a persistent "do-it-yourselfer" or your installer insists on doing the sealing; please feel free to contact MarbleCare for recommended sealers and directions. MarbleCare can supply sealers and direction to anyone wishing to go this route.
Normal "housekeeping" for Slate, Flagstone, and other Natural Finished Stones -
  • Sweeping to remove dirt from the floor is very important before they get ground in the floor and grout. Dirt when left on the floor can become an abrasive problem and cause scratches. Using a soft bristle broom or dust mop is recommended for this procedure.
  • Mopping with StoneClean 60 and water is recommended on a regular basis to pick up microscopic dirt and reduce the potential of scratches and chemical etches form normal traffic.
  • Spills should be wiped up immediately and cleaned with StoneClean 60.
  • Do not use abrasive cleaners.
  • Once your tile is sealed MarbleCare has a complete line of cleaners to compliment the sealer that was used.
Professional maintenance -
  • Sealed Slate and Flagstone can show signs of wear and abrasion, which may remove parts of the sealer over a period of time. MarbleCare can provide service to professionally power scrub the areas needed on the floor, and reapply a light coat of new sealer. Please contact MarbleCare for more information on this process.

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