Cleaning Natural Stone
Natural stones such as marble, travertine or limestone all contain different forms of calcium carbonate which is adversely affected by acid. When cleaning natural stone, care must be taken when selecting the cleaning solution.
When it comes to natural cleaners, lemon juice and vinegar are often the main ingredients, however, these "natural ingredients" are actually worse for natural stone than almost every other cleaner. In fact, all acidic cleaners cause natural stone to dull and etch over time.
Avoid using all acidic, alkaline or abrasive cleaners which may permanently scratch or damage the product. DO NOT use the following; Acidic Tub & Tile Cleaners, Acidic toilet cleaners, Ammonia, Powered Abrasive Cleaners, Soft Paste Cleaners, Vinegar, Window Cleaners, Abrasive Cleaning Pads or Citric Cleaners.
Clean stone surfaces with a few drops of a ph neutral cleaner. Use a clean rag mop on floors and a soft cloth for other surfaces for the best result. Too much cleaner or soap may leave a film and cause streaks on the surface. Rinse the surface thoroughly after washing with soap and dry with a cloth. Change the rinse water frequently. DO NOT USE scouring pads or creams as they contain abrasives that may scratch the surface.
Frequently mop interior floors using a clean un-treated dust mop. Most damage to natural stone is caused by sand, dirt and grit. Mats or area rugs inside and outside an entrance will help minimise abrasive grit. Ensure the underside of the mat or rug is a non-slip surface. Do not use vacuum cleaners that are worn where metal or plastic attachments or wheels may scratch the surface.
Our Hot Tip: DO NOT USE products that contain lemon, vinegar or other acids on marble or limestone!