Removing Stains From Stone Cladding
Stone cladding is extremely versatile and flexible which is why it looks just as good outdoors as it does indoors. Despite its stunning appearance, it can still suffer from stains and that can detract from its appearance. However, with some simple maintenance and care, you can keep your stone cladding looking its best.
Choose Products That Are Designed for Stone Surfaces
You might think that an all-in-one cleaner is sufficient enough to do the job but these products can contain acids that could damage the stone. What this means is that you should choose products that are specifically designed for stone surfaces. Before you use any product, use it on a small and inconspicuous area of your stone cladding to see how it reacts.
As our stone cladding products can be used anywhere, you might find that they become marked with grease. If you see oil hit the surface then don’t leave it and make sure you use a sponge or paper towel to soak up the excess liquid. Now you can either turn to your stone cleaner or you can use baking soda with acetone to create a paste that can be applied to the stone for a day before removing it.
Soap and Water Stains
The bathroom and the kitchen are two areas of the home that are heavily used. Therefore, you might find that soap scum and hard water stains cause a problem with your stone cladding. To do this, you will need a cleaning agent that is pH neutral or you might even need a professional stone cleaner.
Remove Excess Water
If you do have stone cladding installed in your bathroom or wet room, then you should make sure that you remove excess water as quickly as possible after you have finished using the room. You can use a rubber squeegee or a microfiber towel to remove the excess moisture, leaving your stone cladding dry and free of water.
When a substance finds its way onto your stone cladding, it can be tempting to rub it immediately. However, by doing this, all you will be doing is working the substance into the stone. This will spread the stain further around and deeper into the stone, making it harder to remove. So, in this case, let the paper towel absorb the substance.
Avoid Abrasive Tools
You might think that stone is hard-wearing, and it is, but that doesn’t mean that you can use an abrasive tool to remove a stain. When you do this, you will cause minor damage to the surface and small scratches that can expose the lower surfaces of the stone and that means that stains can work deeper.