While you may have a go-to list of household cleaners you use to clean and maintain surfaces in your home, there are many items that will need to be avoided when it comes to your natural stone. You should avoid using the following cleaning products on your stone surfaces:
- Windex with ammonia
- Lemon juice
When it comes to cleaning your natural stone floors or surfaces, you will want a cleaning solution that is safe for all types of stone. This will require a neutral cleaner that is strong enough to cleanse your surfaces without scratching the surface, or leaving you with the need to remove soap scum afterwards. You will want to use a neutral cleaner that you apply with a soft cloth and warm water to keep your natural stone surfaces in great condition for as long as possible.
One of the main reasons for ingredients being unsuitable for usage on granite and other natural stone surfaces is their pH level. Many individuals hear the phrase pH without understanding exactly what it means, but understanding the science behind your granite countertops will help you further appreciate your new stone features.
Granite was created through millions of years of cooling magma beneath the earth. As granite was created through a chemical process, it is delicate in terms of reactions to other chemicals. A pH neutral solution is considered to have a pH of 7. A solution that is very high or very low pH may cause discoloration or other types of damage.
To be pH neutral means it is right in between being an acidic solution and a basic, or alkaline, solution. To put it simply, pH is determined by the concentration of hydrogen ions in a solution. Solutions with pH levels above 7 are considered basic or alkaline while solutions with pH levels below 7 are considered acidic.
An example of a solution with a pH of 0, or a highly acidic solution, is battery acid. An example of a solution with a pH of 14, or a highly basic solution, is liquid drain cleaner.
Homeowners with natural stone surfaces should be weary of working with other companies that may claim they are able to clean all types of flooring. Modern Stone Care specializes in natural stone flooring. This is because natural stone flooring comes with many sensitivities and vulnerabilities that make it easily damaged.
Oftentimes other companies come in and treat these natural stone floors the exact same way that they would handle other floors with no attention to the stone’s particular needs. When you want to protect your natural stone and avoid causing damage to your surfaces, our team can help.
We provide a wide range of high quality natural stone services in Houston. Contact us today to learn more about the services we offer and how we can help you preserve your natural stone surfaces and keep them looking great for years to come.
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Modern Stone Care is the premier natural stone care company in Houston! We work with a wide range of natural stone materials including slate, marble, travertine, granite, limestone, and more, Natural stone can last a lifetime whenever it is properly cared for, however, when natural stone is not handled properly, you can easily damage it. Make sure you are doing everything you can to protect your investment and keep your natural stone surfaces looking great for a lifetime when you work with our natural stone experts!