If You Clean All of Your Home's Natural Stone Surfaces the Same Way, You Could Be Doing More Harm Than Good!
Many people do not understand that each type of stone requires specific cleaning products and methods, and using the wrong cleaner can damage counters, floors, or other stone features. If you use the same method to clean all the stone in your home, you can live to regret it. Find out about the RIGHT way to clean each type of stone surface from the COIT team of stone cleaning technicians.
How to Clean Granite
While granite is a strong stone with tight grain, it must be cleaned with caution. If you use the wrong products, the surface shine can be damaged and will require repair in the future. Many people make the mistake of using white vinegar and water. You should not use vinegar to clean granite countertops or other features in your home.
To keep granite looking perfect, use only pH-neutral mild dish soap, a soft cloth, and warm water. Granite scratches easily, so never use an abrasive scrubbing tool. Avoid any acidic cleaners such as lemon, lime, or ammonia, bleach, or any scrubbing tool that could damage the glossy surface. At COIT, we use the right cleaning products for granite, and can restore granite if it is showing the signs of wear-and-tear -- including restoring sealant.
How to Clean Marble
Marble floors and surfaces must be cleaned correctly, or they will be left looking dingy or scratched. Never use acidic cleaners on marble. No matter how many DIY sites advise the use of vinegar/water as your cleaner – don’t do it. Marble is a porous stone, and when cleaning, every drop of water must be removed or it can seep into the grain and leave an ugly stain. Never use commercial granite cleaner on marble or you could damage your floors or countertops. Use only non-abrasive cleaning tools on marble as it can scratch. Before starting your cleaning, thoroughly sweep away all dust, dirt, and debris.
First clean the floor with pure water, which can be sprayed and wiped away to remove any remaining dirt. Your best option is using a (non-citrus) pH-neutral dish soap and clean, warm water. Rinse the cleaning cloth frequently in another bucket of clean water, replacing it when it becomes dirty. After cleaning, mop again with clear water.
Once complete, you must remove all water immediately. Use a thick towel so no drops or streaks are left. If your marble floors or surfaces have been scratched, stained, or damaged, our stone cleaning technicians at COIT can help you restore them to a beautiful gleaming shine, including adding a critical sealant that will protect it for the long term.
How to Clean Travertine
Travertine is a porous stone and is a popular choice in homes as it is beautiful and available in a range of colors. It is often chosen for floors, walls, cabinets, backsplashes, in bathrooms, stairs, countertops and other areas in the home -- including outdoors. It is tough, and less costly than marble. Although it has all these positive features, travertine is prone to being damaged if not treated correctly in cleaning. Ensure travertine is sealed before it is installed. As it is permeable, without the sealant it can stain or even develop mold growth.
Travertine must be cleaned frequently, and generally should be cleaned with plain water. Never use a very wet mop, but just a slightly dampened one, as you want to avoid any water seeping into the pores of the stone. Any acidic cleaners (including vinegar) can stain the tiles. Always sop up any spills quickly so the floor doesn’t get stained. One of the critical points in keeping travertine looking beautiful is to ensure it is professionally cleaned periodically.
At COIT, we use the correct cleaning products and processes for travertine specifically – and re-seal the floors as the final step. If your travertine floors have developed scratches, stains, or look dull, we can bring them back to life.
How to Clean Slate
Slate is a popular stone used in homes, from floors to fireplaces, and other features – but it must be cleaned properly or it can be damaged. Always sweep away surface dust, dirt, and debris prior to cleaning, and then dust mop for the final removal. Steam cleaning can be a good option for slate tiles, if you own a steam cleaner. If not, use warm water and a non-acidic cleaner. The problem with tiles is often the grout. To clean the grout is important in keeping your floors looking great, but abrasives can damage the stone, so you have a two-part cleaning job ahead of you. Grout cleaner must be applied with a tiny brush (toothbrush) and used carefully.
You can try commercial slate cleaners, but always test the product in a hidden area before use. A simple cleaning solution is simply warm water with mild dish soap. Keep two buckets, and frequently rinse the mop in clean water so you are not just spreading the dirt on your floors. Rinse with a clean mop and clean water, and ensure the floor is completely dry before walking on it. If it is stained, scratched, or the sealant needs to be restored, you can turn the problem over to the COIT technicians, who clean slate and grout properly, leaving the floor looking splendid.
COIT Stone Cleaners: We Do It Right.
Our team of stone cleaners will treat every stone correctly and have an array of specially formulated cleaning products for various types of stone, tile, and grout. Our process is extremely thorough, and involves the following steps:
- Prepare the Stone: We prepare the area for deep cleaning and mask any areas that should not be treated.
- Pre-seal: This is necessary for certain types of stone to keep the surface as dry as possible.
- Honing: We hone the stone surface to remove any scratches, etching, or wear marks.
- Polish: After thoroughly honing the stone so flaws are removed, we polish the stone features with specialized machines and compounds to restore the original shine.
- Sealing: We then seal the stone with one or more coats of specially-formulated sealants, and buff the stone so it looks beautiful, smooth, and gleaming – and is protected for longer.
Call COIT today for professional stone cleaning – we do the job right and offer a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee. We know the business of stone cleaning!