Natural stones like marble, granite and quartz can be great to turn your house into a classy and elegant space. In addition, they increase the value of your home, and are highly functional as well.
However, natural stones must be well-maintained if you want to preserve their unique look and functionality for a long time. And fortunately, maintenance of natural stones if pretty simple and easy – it’s something you can do on your own. Small cleaning and maintenance steps every day can double the durability of your natural stone whether you use it as a countertop. flooring, shower and tub surrounds or feature wall.
Here are some of the most essential maintenance tips for natural stones:
• Remember to seal your natural stone from time to time
Sealing is critical for natural stones as it can help prevent chipping and cracking, staining and preserve the look and functionality in general. The frequency of sealing depends on what stone you have used. Usually, sealing is recommended at least once a year. for best results, hiring professional services are recommended. However, if you choose to do it on your own, make sure there is plenty of ventilation.
• Wipe the surface with water and a clean cloth
For most natural stones and their applications, wiping with water and a clean cloth every day is enough to preserve its beauty and durability. Make sure you don’t use any abrasive cleaning agent as this will only cause damage by breaking down the sealing. If not, then use only a cleaner made specifically for cleaning that type of natural stone.
• Polish the natural stones in your bathroom
When it comes to polishing the natural stones in your bathroom, simply cleaning by wiping them with water may not do the trick. Especially for shower and bath tub surrounds, where molds are likely to grow, make sure you thoroughly polish your natural stone after wiping with water/cleaner and cloth.
• Use coverings such as coasters and hot pads
A simple and easy way to make sure that there are no damages caused to your natural stones such as staining, is to use coasters and hot pads. When you have natural stone countertops in the kitchen, they are likely to face hot pots and pans, as well as glasses of your drinks. These can cause damage so make sure you always use coasters and hot pads.