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5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Cleaning Natural Stone Surfaces

Posted by Stephanie Vazza | Use Natural Stone on Jul 15, 2019 1:30:00 PM

Make Your Natural Stone Last | Skip These Common Errors

Natural stone surfaces are a wonderful investment that deserve and require proper care. If you make a mistake or overlook maintenance, you could risk damaging your beautiful material.

While it’s true that natural stone is extremely durable and made to last, it is not indestructible. “There is a chemistry to natural stone, and making mistakes can harm it,” notes Tim Lesnar, owner of Classic Marble Restoration in Blaine, Minnesota.

Natural stone thrives under proper maintenance, says Brian Kornet, owner of Fabra-Cleen Stone & Tile Care in Plainview, New York. “You have to take precautions,” he says. “If you avoid cleaning mistakes, you’ll need our [restoration] services less often.”

Here are five common practices to skip to maintain and protect your natural stone surfaces.

 

1. Cleaning With Vinegar

Madreperola quartzite. Photo courtesy of MSI.

Only use cleaners that are suited for natural stone. If you use an outside cleaning service, make sure they do, too, says Lesnar.

“A lot of people aren’t familiar with the chemistry of cleaners and the chemistry of stone, and they’ll use wrong cleaner,” he says. “You have to have a cleaner that has the right pH level, which is seven (neutral). Some stones such as marble, travertine, or limestone react adversely with vinegar because it is acidic.”

“Vinegar and bleach are harsh,” adds Gregg Laviolette, owner of Stone Restoration Services in Troy, Michigan. “They will etch or burn the surface of your stone.”

While some chemicals may not noticeably damage durable stones such as granite, they can break down any sealers that have been applied to the stone. “That means you would need to have your stone resealed more frequently,” says Kornet.

2. Choosing an Abrasive Tool

Some homeowners think they can remove etches or stains with a scrubbing pad. Realistically, this often only makes the problem worse. Lesnar notes that scrubbing pads “act like abrasives on stone, especially when you put elbow grease into it.”

For daily cleaning, use a soft cloth and don’t attempt to “buff out” stains or scratches. Instead, call a professional. “The only way to fix a stone that has been etched is to have it honed and restored,” says Kornet.

Bardiglio, natural stone marble from Italy, has a mix of light and dark grey tones. It is installed on a bathroom, bedroom floor. Arizona Tile carries Bardiglio in natural stone marble slabs and tiles.

3. Skipping the Dust Mop

Minor dust particles and sand that you might not be able to see will act like an abrasive under your feet and cause wear patterns over time, says Laviolette. “Use a dry dust mop and go over your floors daily or at least every other day,” he recommends.

Grit will scratch floors and give them an appearance of being dull, says Kornet. “A polished surface is a smooth surface, and light will reflect off of it,” he says. “Scratches refract light. Your floors might be clean, but it gives the appearance of being dull or scuffed.”

Remove dust and debris with a dust mop or vacuum, and wash your floor with a neutral cleaner each week.

4. Leaving High-Traffic Areas Unprotected

Rugs can help protect the areas of your stone floors that will get worn down due to high traffic, says Laviolette.

“Walk off matting helps keep dust and debris that can scratch your floors to a minimum,” he says. Place a mat inside and outside of doors, and use runners and rugs in areas that get a lot of use, such as mudrooms, hallways, and kitchens.

5. Not Sealing Your Stone Regularly

Wipe up spills as quickly as possible to avoid staining or etching.

For many stones, sealing is part of a recommended general maintenance plan. While it is possible for homeowners to seal their own stone, experts agree that a professional will deliver the best results.

“I tell customers to expect to see me once every three to five years,” says Lesnar. “Sometimes if it’s a high profile area with a lot of windows, you’ll want to call me every year.”

If you do seal your stone yourself, make sure you use a solvent-based impregnating sealer, says Laviolette. “It’s preventative maintenance, but it’s not a be-all, end-all cure,” he says. “It’s like applying stain and water repellant to your carpet; it can help prevent your stone from etching but you still need to perform regular cleaning.”

With proper care and maintenance, natural stone surfaces will stay beautiful for years to come. Every stone is unique—and for many homeowners, little imperfections and etches in the stone’s surface become part of the stone’s story. Learn more about choosing natural stone surfaces here and here.

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Play with The Classic Style of Biscuit Subway Tiles

Posted by Galleria Stone and Tile on Nov 21, 2018 12:08:59 PM

Subway tiles came out in the early 1900’s when the first subway in New York was constructed. Since then, the tiles have become popular finishing materials for homes, especially in kitchens and bathrooms and are one of the top current trends. Biscuit subway tiles have remained a favorite color and style because they blend well with different design ideas, including patterned natural stone, visually textured wood-like tile or ceramic floors. They offer neutral and clean lines. Because of their light color, they can make a space look bigger and brighter.

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Topics: mosaics, kitchen design trends, kitchen backsplash, Wall Tile, bathroom design, ceramic tile, biscuit wall tile

Treat Your Home to Finely Hand-Crafted Tiles That Are Uniquely Yours

Posted by Galleria Stone and Tile on Nov 13, 2018 1:15:09 PM

If you are tired of mass produced finishing materials for your home and you long for something that’s unique and customizable, then hand crafted ceramic tiles are just right for you. Each tile receives the loving care of artisans, dedicated to making beautiful tiles that will adorn rooms of people for years to come. Handmade tiles made in the U.S.A. are specially made with customers’ specifications. Each tile is unique, varying to certain degrees with other tiles from shape to color. And this feature makes them distinctive and special to makers and customers alike.


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Topics: mosaics, kitchen design trends, kitchen backsplash, Quemere Handmade Tiles, Wall Tile, bathroom design, ceramic tile

Beveled Glass Tile Backsplash to Add Style and Interest To Your Space

Posted by Galleria Stone and Tile on Nov 5, 2018 12:33:21 PM

Beveled glass is a design feature that adds dimension instead of being just a flat surface. This additional dimension adds character and a sophisticated effect as a backsplash to your bathroom or kitchen. Beveled glass tile as a backsplash for your kitchen or bathroom really brings a different style or design element to the space, making it look bigger and lighter. A backsplash is an important design aspect to any home.  It keeps the desired area looking clean and beautiful. It also protects the wall from dirt, cooking splashes, grime and soap splashes. Applying glass tiles also has the advantage of easy maintenance. Beveled glass tiles as a backsplash adds dimension, interesting design elements to the room, style and sophistication. Simply put, they make the room look pretty.

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Topics: Glass Tile, mosaics, kitchen design trends, kitchen backsplash, Beveled Tile, Wall Tile, bathroom design

Rectified Porcelain Tiles: Sleek and Seamless Design

Posted by Galleria Stone and Tile on Oct 31, 2018 1:11:07 PM

Rectified porcelain tiles are favored by homeowners, architects and designers for their sleek appearance and seamless edges, perfect for modern and industrial styles which have gained in popularity nowadays.

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Topics: Porcelain Tile, Porcelain, Floor tile, Wall Tile, bathroom design

Best Ceramic Tiles For Your Home Renovation

Posted by Galleria Stone and Tile on Oct 22, 2018 11:02:23 AM

Art is not limited to paintings, sculptures or any art pieces found and sold in galleries and museums. You can create your own piece of artwork by incorporating handmade ceramic tiles into any space in your house, it could be in your master bathroom or kitchen backsplash. The best ceramic tiles are those lovingly made by hand, and hand crafted to incorporated to the color palate that blends perfectly with the space you want to create.

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Topics: Porcelain Tile, Porcelain, Floor tile, heated floors, Wall Tile, bathroom design

Bathroom Porcelain Tiles: Your Best Flooring Option

Posted by Galleria Stone and Tile on Oct 16, 2018 10:22:52 AM

You might have heard it before, porcelain tiles are one of the best options for your bathroom. Yes, they are more expensive than ceramic tiles but there’s a reason they cost more than ordinary ceramic tiles. They are fired up at higher temperatures to ensure they are denser and stronger. They are also resistant to frost and moisture. Bathroom porcelain tiles are suited for in-floor heating systems as they keep the floor warm and toasty on cold mornings. 


Schluter DITRA-HEAT Floor Warming Systems: Combine the beauty and durability of tile with the comfort of an electric floor warming system to bring a touch of luxury into any room of the home.

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Topics: Porcelain Tile, Porcelain, Floor tile, heated floors, Wall Tile, bathroom design

Beveled Glass Tiles: Classic Design That Never Goes Out of Style

Posted by Galleria Stone and Tile on Oct 9, 2018 1:14:46 PM

Beveled glass tiles embody classic design on bathroom walls and kitchen backsplashes. Glass tiles have the distinctive characteristic of reflecting light that makes any room look brighter and bigger. Adding the unique bevel curve on the edge refracts the light, giving additional dimension to the walls and the rooms. Aside from making the room look larger, through creative design, they can also create aesthetic focal points that you can position at different areas.

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Topics: Glass Tile, kitchen backsplash, Beveled Tile, Wall Tile, bathroom design

Granite and Marble Countertops: Finding a Quality Fabricator

Posted by Galleria Stone and Tile on Oct 1, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Natural stones such as granite and marble are classic design materials for homes, offices or commercial spaces.  They can transform your kitchen or desired area into a glamorous work of art!  Many home owners think that natural stone is pricey compared to other materials. However, what they may not take into consideration is the value it infuses.   Natural stone can boost the value of your home and is far more affordable and accessible then it was a decade ago.   Few other building materials offer the elegance and longevity of natural stone.   Strength, durability, originality, quality and heat retention are a few attributes that make stone such a desirable choice. If a reputable fabricator is chosen and your stone is properly installed, it will last the lifetime of your home. Chances are your tastes will change before the stone needs replacing!

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Topics: Fabrication, Granite Countertop, Marble Countertop, Marble, Quartzite, Granite, Fabrication of countertops, Stone slab, kitchen design trends

Porcelain Tile Trends: Adding Visual Texture to Your Design

Posted by Galleria Stone and Tile on Sep 24, 2018 2:56:48 PM

 Renovating or finishing your home can be challenging, especially if don’t have the energy to be creative or if you only have limited options. You want a style of your own as well as one that gives your home the factor that you have been looking for, like a high resale value should you opt to sell it in the future. Because of the many construction finishing products available today, it’s no longer just a question of what color of paint goes well with the kitchen or bathroom wall or having limited choices of tile color, texture and sizing for your backsplash and flooring. The exciting thing is you now have many options and can play with these choices to come up with something unique and totally you.

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Topics: Porcelain Tile, Wood-Look Tile, kitchen design trends, Interior Design