Now that you have beautiful new products, how do you take care of them? Most manufacturers have recommended cleaning instructions and products noted on their website however, we have listed some of the more common ones below.
Natural Stone Countertops, Tile & Grout:
Cleaning Natural Stone Tile:
How to clean and maintain your natural tile floors (provided by WFCA):
1.) Know that Sand, grit, and dirt can damage natural stone surfaces because they are abrasive. A dust mop works well to remove, as does a broom. A damp mop can be used if the floor is sealed.
2.) Use mats or area rugs on either side of entrances from the outside will help collect dirt before it reaches your beautiful floor. Choose a rug/mat that has a skid resistant backing, if it has a abrasive backing use a rug pad to protect the rug/mate from scratching your floor.
3.) Clean up spills or messes immediately. Use soap, not detergent, for good-old fashioned mopping. Liquid Ivory or a castile soap product work well. Too much cleaner or soap may leave a film and cause streaks, so rinse well. Change your rinse water frequently.
4.) Donít use products that contain lemon juice, vinegar or other acids on marble, limestone, or travertine. Avoid abrasive cleaners or any ammonia-based cleaners. These products will dull the floorís luster
5.) When moving furniture around a room, pick up the furniture. Avoid sliding or pushing the furniture across the floor, this can cause the floor to scratch and chip. Use felt pads on the feet of your furniture to guard against damage.
6.) As with all new floors, itís important to maintain the caulking in areas that are susceptible to water. You donít want water seeping under your flooring. Remember that each stone has its own level of porosity. The more porous the stone, the more likely it will stain. Sealing your stone floor is usually a really good idea. Use a reliable professional if necessary.
How to clean your natural stone countertops:
ē Clean natural stone surfaces with a few drops of neutral cleaner, stone soap (available at hardware stores or from your stone dealer) or a mild liquid dishwashing detergent and warm water. Use a clean rag mop on floors and a soft cloth for other stone surfaces for best results.
ē Too much cleaner or soap may leave a film and cause streaks. Do not use products that contain lemon, vinegar or other acids on marble or travertine. Rinse the surface thoroughly after washing with the soap solution and dry with a soft cloth. Change the rinse water frequently. Do not use scouring powders or creams; these products contain abrasives that may scratch the surface.
Cleaning Product Recommendation:
Stone Preserve 32 oz Spray or 1 Gallon
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When selecting a grout cleaning product, make sure you are taking into consideration the adjoining material if it is natural stone, a special textured finish or glass.
We recommend professional cleaning at least once a year to maintain the grout color in high traffic areas.
Floor Cleaning & Sealing Experts
There are different levels of quality in grout and stone sealers. Water based sealers tend not to be as effective or last as long as solvent based cleaners. We recommend high traffic areas to be sealed after cleaning every 6 months. Other areas, we recommend sealing once a year.
Sealer Product Recommendation:
Stone Preserve Stone Sealer
32 oz Spray or 1 Gallon
Call for availability.
To keep clean, simply rinse your sink or bathtub with water after each use. Since copper is a natural anti-bacterial surface, it is not necessary to disinfect or scrub your copper. However you may choose to give your copper sink, tub, or any other copper product, a thorough cleaning with mild soap and a soft cloth from time to time. Lastly, always avoid using anything abrasive that may remove the patina. That's it! Following this simple routine of 'rinse and wash', your copper sink, tabletop, or bathtub will give you a lifetime of enjoyment! For an added layer of protection, especially in 'hard water' areas, consider coating your sink, tub, or tabletop with a high quality wax. We recommend "Premier Copper Products Surface Wax (Model Number: W900-WAX)". This will help maintain the luster of the patina while providing better water runoff.
NOTE: With acidic foods such as... lemons, tomatoes, mustard, pineapple, vinegar, etc., it is best to leave water running while working with products and foods of this nature and remember to thoroughly rinse your sink immediately after use. If the copper surface should get scratched or affected by one of these acidic foods, the copper will naturally regain its original, aged patina with regular use and time.
NOTE: With hard water, just a quick soft cloth-drying after each use and an occasional light waxing helps prevent possible spots. With acidic foods such as tomatoes, citrus fruit and anything with vinegar, etc., just rinsing with water ensures keeping the surface integrity. If the copper surface should get scratched, it will regain its original, aged patina with regular use and no other care procedure.
The most important thing to remember about this copper is: DO NOT use abrasive cleansers or disinfectants on the non-shiny copper. It does NOT require that much work!
Cleaning Product Recommendation:
Call for availability.
Cabinet Cleaning Recommendations:
Although similar, we recommend checking with the cleaning recommendations for each Manufacturer on their website in order to maintain the provided warranty. Below are recommendations from Diamond Cabinetry.
Solid Surface Countertop Cleaning
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