Sealing Your Stone
Despite the stone’s hardness, it still absorbs spills and stains if left untreated. Sealing your stone with a quality sealer will prevent most spills from damaging the stone and therefore extend its life and quality. After being sealed, your stone is protected against everyday dirt and spills.
Cleaning your stone properly will help the sealant last even longer, and therefore keep your stone protected to the best of its ability. Keep your stone surfaces free from dust, dirt, sandy soil and other similar materials to prevent scratching and wear-down. Sweep or dust all natural stone surfaces regularly to remove this buildup and use a non-abrasive cloth or sponge. Do not use scouring powders or creams because they will scratch the stone surface.
Spills are going to happen no matter what, but it’s good to know that despite the sealant and hard surface of your stonework, natural stone still absorbs spills. Use non-abrasive cloths and sponges and stone-safe cleaning products. If you’re unsure if it’s a product that’s safe to use, test a small amount in a hidden area of the stone surface.
Use coasters under glasses, mats under hot dishes and cookware, and other protection to prevent any scratching and heat damage.
Do not use vinegar, bleach, ammonia or other general-purpose cleaners that contain acid (e.g. Bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners, tub and tile cleaners, etc.).
Do not use abrasive cleaners (e.g. dry or soft cleansers, alkaline cleaners) or any other cleaners that are not specifically formulated for natural stone.