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Natural Stone Cleaning: Do it Safely
There is a lot of misinformation out there about natural stone cleaning. A lot of store bought products will promise miraculous results, however, if you use the wrong product on your stone, you may find that not only did it not clean your stone, it damaged it irreparably. What a lot of people don’t know is that a great many natural stone types are surprisingly fragile.
Granite seems tough for example. It makes up a good chunk of the Earth’s crust, so it should be tough enough to take what you can give it stone cleaning wise. The problem with granite is that it is a composite stone. As such there are some pieces of stone within the matrix of the granite that are softer and more vulnerable than others, particularly if there is any stone that is a member of the calcium carbonate family of stone such as travertine, limestone, or marble.
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The calcium carbonate family of stones includes marble, limestone, and travertine. Like all natural stone, they add a touch of class to a home. What a lot of people don’t know is that all calcium stone is vulnerable to anything acidic. Bleach, coffee, lemon juice, vinegar, orange juice, and red wine are just some of the substances that can eat away at stones like these. Travertine has an additional problem. It’s not a solid stone. It has natural gaps that are filled in with resin to make the surface more uniform. So you could find the resin dissolving, and your $1000 travertine countertop looking like very cheap Swiss cheese if you make a mistake while you’re cleaning it. The same holds true for marble and limestone. One of the many so-called cleaning authority websites out there states that it’s a good idea to clean your marble with a mixture of lemon juice and water. We’re amazed they haven’t been sued, but they have a good disclaimer, we guess. For the record, if you try to clean your marble with lemon juice and water, even if it has had stone sealing done on it, you’re not going to need stone cleaning. You’ll need stone restoration instead.
So remember, what you don’t know can hurt you, or more accurately, hurt your stone. You may consider hiring a professional stone cleaning service instead.
Morris Cleaning & Restoration
1007 N.Sepulveda Blvd. #1204
Manhattan Beach, CA 90267