Learn how to care for natural stone and cast stone products.
Once you’ve purchased and installed your fireplace surround you are going to want to maintain it. Visit our blog in the links below to read more in depth on the care of stone.
Marble is easy to maintain and last for years. Just look at all those beautiful sculptures and status all over the museums in Europe. Interior marble and other stones like limestone last much longer inside because they are not exposed to the natural elements. Rain, mainly acid rain deteriorates it the most because the the calcite mineral that is the main makeup of these stones.
Our marble products either fireplace mantels or bathtubs typically come polished and sealed. The best care would include not getting them dirty. Avoiding getting stains from grease and wine would alleviate any concerns with trying to get those stains out. When cleaning marble it is best to use a clean cloth or sponge with water. No chemical or cleaners are the best options. Any cleaners include stone safe cleaners have abrasive chemicals that deteriorate the seal or polish and eventually the stone. If a cleaner is absolutely necessary then look for a marble cleaner. StoneTech offers a large variety of stone cleaning products. A local hardware store will also carry many options.
It is also recommend to reseal or re-polish your marble and natural stone products as needed. Ofter use of any product would require more frequent sealing. Marble bathtubs and sinks would need to be redone to ensure they last longer and do not show as much wear and tear. Fireplaces and indoor statues usually require less frequent coasts.
Same principals of sealing, care and cleaning apply to cast stone and honed natural stones. Limestone and sandstone are typically honed and have a similar look and feel to the precast. Water and a sponge are the best cleaning products for cast stone, limestone and sandstone. Travertine comes in either a polished or a pitted finished but it too would best be served by a similar cleaning method.
If a stain or dirt is not coming out of the precast or limestone the using a fine sandpaper is another solution. Be careful with using the sandpaper as any sanding can not be undone. Use a fine 80-100 grit sandpaper and lightly in small circles trying to rub out the stain. Check out our blog for more information on this topic as well as other helpful links.