Natural stone care is all about CAMPS. What is CAMPS? We’re glad you asked.
The First Steps of Natural Stone Cleaning and Care
CAMPS or Cleaning Appearance Maintenance Polishing and Sealing, are the ways that you can keep your stone looking its best. Cleaning is not just about what you should do, but what you shouldn’t do as well. Regardless of the sort of stone that you have, never ever use harsh chemicals for stone cleaning. Some stones are chemically reactive, particularly those in the calcium carbonate family of stone such as marble, limestone, and travertine. Other stones such as granite aren’t chemically reactive, however you can stain or discolor the stone permanently if you don’t know what you’re doing.
Granite is a composite stone, made of many different types of rock fused together. It is one of the hardest stones around, and id remarkably diverse in the way it feels or look. Granite can have all of the reflective qualities of polished glass, with the smoothness as well, or it can feel rough. Ironically, when granite feels the roughest is the point that it is most vulnerable to damage. All stone is naturally porous, after all, and rough feeling stone means that it has likely never been sealed, and as such, anything spilled on it, even fairly innocuous substances such as toothpaste, cologne, or perfume can sink into the pores of your stone. This in turn affects the polish and the shine of your stone. Without proper maintenance, your stone will soon lose its appearance. However, if you call in a company that does commercial stone restoration, they will most likely recommend that you seal your stone. And we cannot recommend stone sealing enough.
Why Should You Do Stone Sealing?
Why should you do stone sealing? After you clean your stone, sealing it helps it to not only stay clean, but it makes it easier to keep clean, particularly if an impregnating stone sealer is applied to the surface. Stone sealant sinks into the pores and helps to form a barrier that makes it a lot harder for stains to sink in, and it also makes it easier to clean as well. Even with stone sealer applied however, do not use harsh chemicals on your stone. It could potentially eat away at the sealant barrier and ruin your stone.
So remember, while there are several methods of natural stone care, we are a big fan of CAMPS. Just a piece of advice from your friendly commercial stone restoration experts.
Morris Cleaning & Restoration
1007 N.Sepulveda Blvd. #1204
Manhattan Beach, CA 90267