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.
Place soft pads under furniture such as felt, as any slight movement of furniture, especially chairs, will cause scratching. Clean felt pads will help avoid this. Always lift furniture when moving it and DO NOT drag. Chairs are the biggest cause of damage to stone floors when they do not have pads on the bottom of the legs.