Tips for maintenance of natural stone.
Basic Do's and Dont's
For a quick list of basic stone care do's and dont's:
-DO use coasters under glasses, especially if they contain alcohol or citrus juices.
-DO use trivets or mats under hot dishes or cookware.
-DO use place mats under china, ceramics, silver or other objects that may scratch your stone’s surface.
-DO place a small rug or mat at entrances to trap dirt and sand from normal foot traffic.
-DO dust countertops, islands, vanities and floors frequently.
-DO blot up spills immediately to minimize permanent damage to the stone.
-DO clean surfaces regularly with neutral cleaners designed for stone.
-DON’T use vinegar, bleach, ammonia, other general purpose cleaners, bathroom cleaners or tub and tile cleaners.
-DON’T use abrasive cleaners such as dry substances or soft liquid chemical cleaners.
-DON’T use alkaline cleaners not specifically formulated for stone.
Sometimes we find scuff marks on Egyptian marble. Other times it is the things that spill onto the surface. While each case has its own specific method of cleaning Egyptian marble this can be done effectively.
Use poultice soaked with 20 percent peroxide (hair bleaching strength) and a few drops of ammonia to clean: tea, coffee, colors bleached from paper, textiles or soft drinks stains.
Oil stains may include butter, hand cream or lotion. Spread surface with an absorbent fine powder such as whiting or even corn starch. Then, brush to remove and reapply more powder. After 24 hours you can brush to remove it again. To remove: Scrub with a hot, sudsy (detergent) solution and a stiff brush. Or wipe with an ammonia-dampened cloth. In either case, then rinse and wipe dry.
Use a commercial rust stain remover. Follow directions exactly and do not leave on the surface very long as an acid in many rust removers can etch the surface.
Wipe up acid (fruit juice, carbonated beverages or other acids will etc.) spill immediately, and wipe the surface with a wet cloth. If surfaced is etched, polishing may be required.
USE abrasive cleansers. Abrasive cleaners should be avoided at all costs, as they will leave scratches on the surface.
DO NOT -
Cultured Egyptian marble is stronger than Natural Stone Marble, but it does lose its shine eventually. You can clean cultured marble with neutral pH purpose cleaner.
Spray the surface with this cleaning solution and wipe it dry with a soft clean cloth to remove any water spots.
which has become dull can be livened up by using putty powder (tin oxide) can be used to polish dulled or etched surfaces, rubbing on with a damp cloth, folding and refolding to clean damp areas, and preferably using an electric polisher for buffing.
Egyptian Marble In order to protect your Egyptian marble surfaces, it is a good idea to treat them with some type of polishing agent from time to time. Make sure to clean marble surfaces before applying the polish. Polishers that contain tin oxide are often a good option for this task.
– After the polish is in place, reseal your marble floor annually at least, it’s as easy as waxing a floor. Buy a stone sealer in a home improvement store. Take a sponge, sponge mop or rag and cover the entire marble surface, including corners and the backsplash.