Stone has a natural resistance to bacteria yet it is always prudent to prevent germs from residing in the pores that are naturally occurring within the stone. Natural stone including marble, slate, limestone, granite and travertine have slightly different properties that require maintenance and care. According to the knowledgeable experts at Silver State Floor Restoration, learning how to disinfect and preserve your natural stone will ensure that you receive years of quality service.
How to Clean Water Stains & Disinfect Granite & Natural Stone Countertops
1. Prevent the buildup of germs and bacteria: If you have ever used a product purchased from your local grocery store which promises to clean and disinfect your natural stone, there is a good chance that you have been disappointed with the results. It is not uncommon for these products to leave streaks behind, often damaging delicate granite, marble and travertine in the process. Instead, begin with a mixture of antibacterial dish soap and warm water before wiping with specially formulated surface wipes to prevent or remove streaks.
2. Use a stone safe cleaner daily: While antibacterial soap is the best way to clean stone on a weekly basis, the downside to using soap daily is that it is prone to a buildup of soap scum which can dull the surface of the stone. A granite cleaner is recommended for cleaning natural stone on a daily basis.
3. Understand which cleaning products should be avoided: To ensure that your natural stone is being sanitized, you should also take care to ensure that the product you are using is also safe for your stone. Many of the cleaners found in your local supermarket can damage marble, limestone, and travertine and should be avoided. Vinegar for example, can be effective at destroying some germs, but it can also cause etching in the stone and should be avoided at all costs.
4. Discourage the buildup of Bacteria on the surface of the stone: To minimize the risk of contamination on your stone countertops, always use a cutting board to prepare food. It is always a good idea to seal the stone to close the pores within the stone that could otherwise attract a buildup of bacteria.
5. Seal your stone for longevity: The majority of natural stone has some resistance to bacteria, yet it is still prudent to ensure that the surface of the stone is properly sealed. Making sure that the stone is sealed will not only keep the pores and other crevices closed it will also stop the stone from absorbing liquids which can turn into stains. Your Silver State Floor Restoration specialist can apply a quality sealer before professionally buffing the sealer the stone.
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To learn more about caring for and maintaining your natural stone floors, shower surrounds, countertops and other tiled surfaces, contact the knowledgeable experts at Silver State Floor Restoration today.