Caring for Natural Stone
1) The most common mistake made when cleaning marble, limestone and travertine is using the wrong cleaning products. Acidic cleaners intended for ceramic tile and grout will have a violent reaction with these stones containing calcium. Many window cleaners contain vinegar, which is also acidic. These cleaners will etch or burn the stones surface.
Having neutral PH cleaners labeled for natural stone in the areas where someone may find cleaning supplies will lessen the chance of the wrong cleaning product being used that could cause damage to the natural stone.
2) High alkaline stone cleaners may be used with caution to clean oils, grease and soap residue from a stones surface only by testing in an obscure area first.
High alkaline cleaners may degrade or remove some topical sealers and impregnating sealers from natural stone if previously applied.
It is possible to damage a polished stones surface by strong high alkaline cleaning. It is also advisable to contact a Natural Stone Restoration Specialist to do this type of work.
Polished marble is a great natural stone for kitchens as long as you know the correct way to maintain your investment. While granite would be more durable in a kitchen setting there are some choices in fabrication of marble.
You see kitchen design magazines that show beautiful polished marble on counter tops and floors.
Some customers will insist to the builder, remodeler, or natural stone fabricator this is what they want because they have seen this elsewhere and or it came recommended for the look they want.
Many people get marble because they are looking for a white stone. There are several white granites that can be used as an alternative. Bianco Romano, Cashmere White, African Ivory, Luna Pearl, Viscont White, and several others.
Polished marble, travertine and limestone can dull from foods and beverages that are acidic. There are many of our foods and beverages that contain acids which will etch or burn the stone’s finish, requiring periodic restoration if precautions are not taken.
Granite costs more than synthetic countertop materials
Granite prices have dropped significantly in recent years. Today it's often priced lower than many synthetics, such as SileStone, Corian and other brands of engineered stone. Considering its durability and beauty, granite is today's best value among countertop choices.
Granite absorbs liquids, oils and stains easily
Granite is exceptionally stain resistant, more so than many synthetic materials, including laminates and solid surface plastics.
Granite must be re-sealed on a regular basis to prevent staining.