Stain Removal from Stone

Many natural stones are porous and can stain, however with the right products, methods and patience they can often be removed. Ideally all natural stone surfaces should be professionally sealed with a penetrating sealer after installation, to minimise damage from stains. Below are general guidelines to follow for stain removal.

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Regular Stone Care

Natural stone surfaces that are regularly and correctly maintained will retain their magnificent look and feel for longer.

Clean the stone surface with a recommended product such as S-P Cleaner and a soft damp cloth after use to avoid the build up of bacteria and substances that may scratch or etch the surface. Acidic substances such as juice, coffee, tea, vinegar and wine will etch the surface of marble or limestone benchtops if left so remove spills immediately. Rinse the area after cleaning with fresh water to remove all excess dirt and detergent and dry with a soft cloth. DO NOT use abrasive cleaners or scourers, as scratches are highly visible on a glossy surface.

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Preventative Stone Care

Know your stone surface and its needs and tailor a maintenance schedule to suit. Know its limitations and usual longevity, precautions to avoid wear and damage, whether it is soft, hard, porous or easily scratched and what chemicals will affect it. Find out how your stone should be treated on a daily and long-term basis and when you will need professional resealing, repolishing or deep cleaning.

Have your stone surface professionally sealed once it has been installed. Sealing with a penetrating sealer which soaks into the stone will help prevent staining, will reduce a build up of moisture and will allow easier cleaning. Topical sealers that rest on top of the stone can encourage moisture to accumulate under the surface and can change the look of the stone and are therefore not recommended.

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