Natural stone and tile have been used in homes for thousands of years and we believe it is a wise investment. Tile and stone are more durable and easier to clean compared to most floor and countertop options. Depending on your personal style, lifestyle, and location, different options are recommended.
Siliceous stones are very durable and easier to clean
- Composed of silica or quartz‐like particles
- Granite, slate, quartzite, bluestone, sandstone
- Lower maintenance for kitchens and outdoor use
Calcareous stones are more sensitive than siliceous
- Composed of calcium carbonate
- Marble, limestone, travertine, onyx
- Use coasters for acidic foods and beverages such as alcohol and citrus.
- Don’t place hot items on stone surfaces.
- Non‐slip entry mats are recommended to limit the entry of sand, grit, and dirt in areas with stone flooring.
- Ammonia and bleach can alter the color of the grout if used frequently or in high concentrations.
- Cover table and furniture legs with protectors to prevent scratching
- Please use common sense precautions and don’t mix bleach and ammonia as the reaction creates a lethal gas.
- Blot spills with a paper towel immediately, wiping can spread the spill
- Glazed tile products should be cleaned routinely with an all‐purpose cleaner.
- Unglazed tile should be cleaned routinely with concentrated tile cleaners that have a neutral pH
- A multipurpose spray cleaner, which removes soap scum, hard water deposits, and mildew designed for everyday use, can be used on wall tile areas in residential baths and showers.
- Do not use scouring powders or creams that contain abrasives
- Do not use products containing lemon, vinegar, or acids on marble, limestone, travertine, or other calcareous stones
- We often use glass cleaner to enhance the appearance of polished and glazed surfaces
- On floors, Dust mop interior floors frequently as sand, dirt, grit, and abrasive materials can scratch surfaces. When using vacuum cleaners use care not to let plastic and metal scratch surfaces
- Penetrating sealers and marble waxes are available from retailers and are recommended for use annually on countertops and stone surfaces. Make sure any products used in food preparation areas are non‐toxic and food safe.