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Natural stone is very porous. The best way to prevent stains is to treat the surface with a protective sealer. The sealer fills in the pores and repels spills on the surface, allowing you time to completely wipe it away.

Although we usually think of stone as “hard,” it is a porous material. Natural stone has varying degrees of porosity depending on the type of stone. If left unsealed, spills and everyday messes can easily penetrate the surface. The liquid eventually evaporates but the stain is left behind.

Natural stone is still heavily used today in construction & can be quarried all over the world.

The most common uses of natural stone include:  floors, kitchen counter tops, bathroom countertops, bathroom vanity tops, shower walls, tile backsplashes, bathroom tile and stair cases.

Natural Stone Care Tips…

Care & Maintenance of Granite Countertops & Floors

We recommend that you use care & maintenance products from StoneTech™ Professional that are specially formulated to protect & enhance the beauty of your granite.

Once the stone is sealed, clean up is usually easy. We recommend that you use StoneTech™ Professional Revitalizer™ Cleaner & Protector. Revitalizer™ cleans with a gentle, pH-neutral formula that removes soils while reinforcing the original protective seal to help prevent future staining. Learn more about our care products.

Fluorochemical technology, incorporated into StoneTech™ Professional BulletProof™ and StoneTech™ Professional Impregnator Pro, is the most advanced technology available, providing the ultimate shield against both water and oil-base stains. The micro-molecular formula actually bonds with the stone surface to deliver unsurpassed wear resistance and durability. And because the sealer reacts with the stone, you no longer have to worry about its porosity. It works on all types of stone, from ultra-porous Juparana Columbo to super-dense Absolute Black.

DO’s & DON’Ts of Granite…

Granite Maintenance Do’s

  • DO clean up spills immediately to minimize damage to your stone.
  • DO use trivets or mats under hot dishes and cookware.
  • DO use place mats under china, ceramics, silver and other objects that can scratch your stone’s surface.
  • DO use coasters under glasses, especially if they contain alcohol or citrus juices.
  • DO clean surfaces regularly with StoneTech™ Professional Revitalizer™ Cleaner & Protector.
  • DO use StoneTech™ Professional BulletProof™ Sealer to protect your stone.

Granite Maintenance Dont’s

  • DON’T wait to clean up spills on stone.
  • DON’T use cleaners that contain acid such as bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners or tub cleaners.
  • DON’T use vinegar, bleach, ammonia or other general-purpose cleaners.
  • DON’T use abrasive cleaners such as dry cleansers or soft cleansers.
  • DON’T use alkaline cleaners not specifically formulated for stone.
  • DON’T use scouring powders and abrasives because they will scratch the surface.

NOTE: Some stone marked and sold as “granite” are marble instead – always do an acid resistance test to confirm. Some granite is dyed! Not etched by most acids, but can be etched by hydrofluoric acid! Because granite is quite hard, it can be cleaned at pressures up to 1,450 PSI if the grout is in good condition.

Products for Cleaning & Protecting Granite:

  • BulletProof™ Sealer
  • Impregnator Pro Sealer
  • KlenzAll heavy duty alkaline cleaner and degreaser
  • Oil and Stain Remover
  • Revitalizer™ Cleaner & Protector
  • Stone Care Guide tri-fold Brochure
  • Stone Care Guide
  • Training Video

Care & Maintenance of Limestone Countertops & Floors

Limestone Countertop & Flooring Maintenance

Limestone and marble are very reactive to acid solutions, making acid rain a significant problem. Many limestone statues and building surfaces have suffered severe damage due to acid rain. Acid-based cleaning chemicals can also etch limestone, which should only be cleaned with a neutral or mild alkaline-based cleaner.

Limestone is more porous, softer, and chemically sensitive than marble or granite. Etched by acids, including soft drinks and juice. Absorbs oils and other liquids and is easily stained. So putting limestone in a kitchen or heavily used bathroom is not a good idea.

Should be sealed with a penetrating sealer to prevent staining and reduce soiling. Should only be cleaned with neutral pH detergents. Because it is soft, it should never be cleaned at pressures above 800 PSI and then only if the grout is in good condition.

* Limestone will never have the gloss of marble or granite.

DO’s & DON’Ts of Limestone…

Limestone Maintenance Do’s

  • DO clean up spills immediately to minimize damage to your stone.
  • DO use trivets or mats under hot dishes and cookware.
  • DO use place mats under china, ceramics, silver and other objects that can scratch your stone’s surface.
  • DO use coasters under glasses, especially if they contain alcohol or citrus juices.
  • DO clean surfaces regularly with StoneTech™ Professional Revitalizer™ Cleaner & Protector.
  • DO use StoneTech™ Professional BulletProof™ Sealer to protect your stone.
  • DO use a tray for toiletry products in the bathroom to protect the surface from the damaging chemicals contained in many toiletry products.
  • DO dust mop limestone floor tile regularly.
  • DO use door mats inside and out along with runners and area rugs on limestone floors.

Limestone Maintenance Dont’s

  • DON’T wait to clean up spills on stone.
  • DON’T use cleaners that contain acid such as bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners or tub cleaners.
  • DON’T use vinegar, bleach, ammonia or other general-purpose cleaners.
  • DON’T use abrasive cleaners such as dry cleansers or soft cleansers.
  • DON’T use alkaline cleaners not specifically formulated for stone.
  • DON’T use scouring powders and abrasives because they will scratch the surface.
  • DON’T Place toiletry products directly on the countertop surface.

NOTE: Limestone is one of the most porous stones available therefore it is not good for countertops! Limestone countertops stain quite easily and is very predisposed to acid. Acid will etch the surface and stain it. Lemon juice will even mar the surface of the counter. Never leave liquid standing on the countertops, even water, for a short period of time because it could sink in and stain. Limestone countertops require a lot of regular sealing applications to keep them from staining. Limestone in a bathroom can easily be stained and etched by many soaps,skin creams and standing water.

Products for Cleaning & Protecting Soapstone:

  • BulletProof™ Sealer
  • High Gloss Stone Sealer
  • Impregnator Pro Sealer
  • KlenzAll heavy duty alkaline cleaner and degreaser
  • Oil and Stain Remover
  • Revitalizer™ Cleaner & Protector
  • Stone Care Guide tri-fold Brochure
  • Stone Care Guide
  • Training Video

Care & Maintenance of Marble Countertops & Floors

Marble Countertop & Flooring Maintenance

Marble is porous, and easily stained and is etched by acids. Avoid setting beverage glasses directly on marble as they leave rings. Fruit juice, carbonated beverages or other acids will etch (remove shiny surface) if allowed to remain on marble. Wipe up acid spill immediately, and wipe surface with wet cloth. If surfaced is etched, polishing may be required.

Natural stone is very porous. The best way to prevent stains is to treat the surface with a protective sealer. The sealer fills in the pores and repels spills on the surface, allowing you time to completely wipe it away.

Dust mop interior marble floors frequently using a clean non-treated dry dust mop. Sand, dirt and grit do the most damage to natural stone surfaces due to their abrasiveness. Mats or area rugs inside and outside an entrance will help to minimize the sand, dirt and grit that will scratch the stone floor. Be sure that the underside of the mat or rug is a non-slip surface. Normally, it will take a person about eight steps on a floor surface to remove sand or dirt from the bottom of their shoes. Do not use vacuum cleaners that are worn. The metal or plastic attachments or the wheels may scratch the surface.

We recommend that you use care and maintenance products from StoneTech™ Professional that are specially formulated to protect and enhance the beauty of your marble. Once the stone is sealed, clean up is usually easy. We recommend that you use StoneTech™ Professional Revitalizer™ Cleaner & Protector. Revitalizer™ cleans with a gentle, pH-neutral formula that removes soils while reinforcing the original protective seal to help prevent future staining.

DO’s & DON’Ts of Marble…

Marble Maintenance Do’s

  • DO clean up spills immediately to minimize damage to your stone.
  • DO use trivets or mats under hot dishes and cookware.
  • DO use place mats under china, ceramics, silver and other objects that can scratch your stone’s surface.
  • DO use coasters under glasses, especially if they contain alcohol or citrus juices.
  • DO clean surfaces regularly with StoneTech™ Professional Revitalizer™ Cleaner & Protector.
  • DO use StoneTech™ Professional BulletProof™ Sealer to protect your stone.
  • DO use a tray for toiletry products in the bathroom to protect the surface from the damaging chemicals contained in many toiletry products.
  • DO dust mop marble floor tile regularly.
  • DO use door mats inside and out along with runners and area rugs on marble floors.

Marble Maintenance Dont’s

  • DON’T wait to clean up spills on stone.
  • DON’T use cleaners that contain acid such as bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners or tub cleaners.
  • DON’T use vinegar, bleach, ammonia or other general-purpose cleaners.
  • DON’T use abrasive cleaners such as dry cleansers or soft cleansers.
  • DON’T use alkaline cleaners not specifically formulated for stone.
  • DON’T use scouring powders and abrasives because they will scratch the surface.
  • DON’T Place toiletry products directly on the countertop surface.

NOTE: Sealed versus unsealed marble – Although we usually think of stone as “hard,” it is a porous material. Natural stone has varying degrees of porosity depending on the type of stone. If left unsealed, spills and everyday messes can easily penetrate the surface. The liquid eventually evaporates but the stain is left behind.

Products for Cleaning & Protecting Marble

  • BulletProof™ Sealer
  • Honing Powder
  • Impregnator Pro™ Sealer
  • KlenzAll heavy duty alkaline cleaner and degreaser
  • Polishing Powder
  • Revitalizer™ Cleaner & Protector
  • Shining Powder
  • Stone & Tile Cleaner

Care & Maintenance of Quartz Countertops & Floors

Quartz Countertop & Flooring Maintenance

While quartz countertops are a favorite choice due to their beauty and durability, they are not impervious to damage. Regular care includes proper cleaning. Although quartz is quite hard, it can be easily be chipped. A skilled professional can perform repairs that are nearly invisible. Quartz surfaces never require sealing, buffing or reconditioning. They offer the opulence and durability of granite without the maintenance. Cons: Some consumers feel that quartz surfaces look too uniform. Quartz can be damaged by excessive force or pressure and warranties do not cover damage from heat.

DO’s & DON’Ts of Quartz…

Quartz Maintenance Do’s

  • DO clean up spills immediately to minimize damage to your stone.
  • DO use trivets or mats under hot dishes and cookware.
  • DO use place mats under china, ceramics, silver and other objects that can scratch your stone’s surface.
  • DO use coasters under glasses, especially if they contain alcohol or citrus juices.
  • DO clean surfaces regularly with StoneTech™ Professional Revitalizer™ Cleaner & Protector.

Quartz Maintenance Dont’s

  • DON’T wait to clean up spills on stone.
  • DON’T use cleaners that contain acid such as bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners or tub cleaners.
  • DON’T use vinegar, bleach, ammonia or other general-purpose cleaners.
  • DON’T use abrasive cleaners such as dry cleansers or soft cleansers.
  • DON’T use alkaline cleaners not specifically formulated for stone.
  • DON’T use scouring powders and abrasives because they will scratch the surface.

NOTE: Not etched by most acids, but can be etched by hydrofluoric acid! Because quartz is quite hard, it can be cleaned at pressures up to 1,450 PSI if the grout is in good condition.

Products for Cleaning & Protecting Quartz:

  • KlenzAll heavy duty alkaline cleaner and degreaser
  • Oil and Stain Remover
  • Revitalizer™ Cleaner & Protector

Care & Maintenance of Soapstone Countertops & Floors

Soapstone Countertop & Flooring Maintenance

Soapstone won’t burn or stain and requires very little maintenance. True soapstone is inert. Alkalis and acids won’t affect it as they will a granite, marble, or slate. Though soapstone is soft to the touch it is far from absorbant. If the surface picks up a stain or discolors, this is literally just on the surface and can be scrubbed or sanded off.

Soapstone should be sealed with a penetrating sealer to prevent staining and reduce soiling. It should only be cleaned with neutral pH detergents and because soapstone is soft, it should never be cleaned at pressures above 800 PSI and then only if the grout is in good condition.

DO’s and DON’Ts of Soapstone…

Soapstone Maintenance Do’s

  • DO clean up spills immediately to minimize damage to your stone.
  • DO use trivets or mats under hot dishes and cookware.
  • DO use place mats under china, ceramics, silver and other objects that can scratch your stone’s surface.
  • DO use coasters under glasses, especially if they contain alcohol or citrus juices.
  • DO clean surfaces regularly with StoneTech™ Professional Revitalizer™ Cleaner & Protector.
  • DO use StoneTech™ Professional Stone Sealer or Impregnator Pro™ to protect the stone.
  • DO use a tray for toiletry products in the bathroom to protect the surface from the damaging chemicals contained in many toiletry products.

Soapstone Maintenance Don’ts

  • DON’T wait to clean up spills on stone.
  • DON’T use cleaners that contain acid such as bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners or tub cleaners.
  • DON’T use vinegar, bleach, ammonia or other general-purpose cleaners.
  • DON’T use abrasive cleaners such as dry cleansers or soft cleansers.
  • DON’T use alkaline cleaners not specifically formulated for stone.
  • DON’T use scouring powders and abrasives because they will scratch the surface.
  • DON’T Place toiletry products directly on the countertop surface.

NOTE: Generally, suppliers of soapstone counter tops recommend the use of mineral oil to enhance the color of soapstone. It takes many applications over a long period of time to get to an acceptable difference in the color. Soapstone naturally forms a patina over time.

Products for Cleaning & Protecting Soapstone:

  • BulletProof™ Sealer
  • High Gloss Stone Sealer
  • Impregnator Pro Sealer
  • KlenzAll heavy duty alkaline cleaner and degreaser
  • Oil and Stain Remover
  • Revitalizer™ Cleaner & Protector

To learn more about California Granite & Flooring, visit our FAQ section.

Marble is one of the most beautiful stones, with a highly polished smooth face and a wide variety of colors.