|29 July 2014|
Cleaning Stone Surfaces Around The House
Cleaning the stone in your home can be a tough job, and it is often the case that people are so proud of their stone surfaces that they do not want to risk messing them up in the slightest! Whilst all stone differs considerably, you will find that there is a lot to be said for ensuring that you know exactly how to go about cleaning the various places in the house that stone is used. You will find that having a set technique means that you never have to worry about it again, which makes things a lot quicker in the long run! First of all, you need to work out what kind of stone it is that you have in the home. Whether it is a marble work top, or a slate tiled floor, you need to treat different surfaces differently, but some main rules will apply fairly universally. You will find that all stone surfaces are liable to scratch if treated badly, though obviously some stone is softer than other stone. You will also find that some stone is more porous than other stone surfaces, which is a big part of working out how you will be cleaning it all. Have a look over the following tips on how you should be going about getting your stone surfaces looking their best.For a start, you will find that more porous stones will usually have a less shiny surface. This will be due to the way in which the holes in the surface of the stone show, breaking up the smoothness of the surface, and resulting in less of a shine. Harder, more shiny stone is used in kitchen work tops, like granite and marble. Slate will be more often used on floors, especially in bathrooms, but will usually be treated in a way that means that it can withstand water. Should water get soaked into a soft stone like slate, then the change in density of the stone can cause serious issues, in that the expanding and contracting stone will end up cracking through the changes in process. This would obviously be a nightmare, it would change the way in which the stone fit together, as well as looking unsightly if cracked. So, the first rule of cleaning stone - don’t use too much water!Avoiding scratching can be surprisingly difficult! Slate flooring will be particularly susceptible to scratching from dirt and debris, and you will no doubt find that these scratches happen without you even noticing. You will find however, that if you vacuum these floors more often, then the sharp debris and dirt won’t be left in place for long enough to get to be an issue. You should certainly look in to getting a non abrasive mop head as well, as this will ensure that you are much less at risk of things getting stuck in the mop head and scratching the flooring. If the scratches get too numerous, then the sealant on some stone will be lifted off, leaving it open to water damage! Many places sell specific stone cleaning products, and if you are concerned about using the right thing then it might be worth doing some extensive research in to what you can and can’t use for the stone in your home. However, most of the time, a small squirt of washing up liquid will be completely sufficient for the job, and you will find that it cleans perfectly if used sparingly!
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