Just like our skin, all stones such as granite, marble, limestone, travertine etc. have pores that reach to the surface. As a result, stones absorb substances like water, oil, grease etc. and produce various types of stains on the surface. Marble, limestone, travertine & some granites are sensitive to day to day acidic substances, some of which are mentioned below, and being in constant contact with these substances may result in making the surface of the stone becoming burnt/dull (etched). This etching makes stone surface dull and non-shiny (honed).
Therefore, it is important to take proper care and precautions as mentioned below to prevent such occurrences: .
Recommended to do:
Not recommended to do:
1. Preventive measures:
Impregnation sealers/penetrating type sealers (We recommend Akemi Nano Effect Stain Repellent Sealer or Lithofin MN Stain Stop) are absorbed deep into the stone surface and line the pores. This makes the surface of the stone much more repellent to water, oil & greasy substances and longer lasting as compared to other film type sealers available in the market. You should still always try to mop up spills quickly to minimise the risk of staining. Make sure the impregnation is certified foodsafe and applied correctly. Impregnations will not protect against acid etching, however, it will assist against staining and will ease maintenance. Always clean the stone surface thoroughly, dry it and make sure it is dirt free before applying sealers with a soaked cotton cloth. Protect your hands by wearing gloves and leave the sealers for at least half an hour to let it absorb in the pores of stone and then wipe it clean before start using the stone surface again.
Use water, gentle, neutral cleaners and soft cloths for daily care. Always follow up cleaning by wiping down with a dry clean cloth to avoid streaking. We recommend -Akemi Triple Effect or Lithofin MN Easy Clean for the daily/weekly cleaning of your work surface. It cleans, gives a fresh sparkle & maintains the stones integrity. The small amount of impregnation contained in these products will top up the protection and will fill any weak spots that may occur from contact with aggressive substances. It is also food safe so nothing to worry about.
3. Corrective Measures:
Use only professional help for such corrective measures if anything goes wrong. Your natural stone is a timeless and beautiful investment, so treat it as part of your prestigious décor and look after it.
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