natural stoneNatural stone is beautiful and long lasting. To get the maximum amount of life from natural stone, it does need proper care.

Here are our best tips for taking care of your natural stone surfaces.

Use a stone cleaner or a mild dishwashing soap and warm water. Several companies make cleaners designed specifically for use on natural stone. Avoid harsh chemicals. They can stain and break down stone.

Use a clean rag mop on floors and a soft cloth for other surfaces.

Change the rinse water regularly. You don’t want grit picked up in the water to get on the mop or cloth. If that happens, you are making sandpaper and grinding the stone.

Don’t use abrasive cleaners either. Scouring powders often contain tiny bits of grit that are used to clean some surfaces. It will scratch stone.

A mild bleach can be used to remove moss and algae buildup on outdoor surfaces.

Use ammonia with care. It can eventually dull the surface on some stone types.

Don’t use acid-based cleaners. Don’t add lemon juice or vinegar to cleaning solutions. They can dissolve certain kinds of natural stone. A lot of commercially available rust removers contain hydrofluoric acid. Even granite will be damaged by hydrofluoric acid.

Depending on the kind of stone, pressure washing can be used on outdoor stone. If you’re not sure about pressure washing the stone, ask an expert.

RedBeard Carpet Cleaning offers stone care and repair. We can polish, hone, grind, stripe and remove stains. If you need more information or want a quote for handling your natural stone surfaces just let us know.