The way to keep your new or counter top lovely is to keep it clean! Remember the old saying, “An Ounce of Prevention equals a Pound of Cure.” If natural stone is given the proper care, the stone should sustain its beauty and durability. Most commonly, unless regular cleaning is done, ordinary dust particles in the air can settle on your marble and can be ground in to the surface. These specs of dust will slowly remove the natural polish on the stone’s surface. The use of a non-oil dust cloth on a regular basis should help prolong the finish of your stone. Natural stone should be washed regularly with fresh warm water and a clean, non-abrasive cloth. Adding a neutral (pH balanced) cleaner will help to remove topical dirt and grime*. Avoid detergents that can be abrasive and contain chemicals high in acid or alkaline. These chemicals can “etch” or remove the natural polish on the stone’s surface. Some stone cleaners have a petroleum or animal fat base which may alter the appearance of your stone. Petroleum (or oils such as animal fat) can darken natural stone and leave a residue which over time can buildup and turn yellow. This buildup is usually difficult to remove. Be sure to use a cleaner which does not have a petroleum or oil base and contains chemicals that will be safe on the finish of your natural stone floor or countertop.
Stains and Stain Removal
Natural stone has been installed for hundreds of years without a sealer and much of it continues to look beautiful. Although new technology has allowed us to minimize staining by using various sealers, one thing should be clear to you regarding the stainability of stone. Most natural stone is “stainable” given the right amount of time and a strong enough staining agent; however, the rate at which a particular stone absorbs foreign matter (the “porosity” of the stone), can vary. Some natural stones are less porous and resist staining better than others. Granites, for example, are typically more stain resistant than most marbles and might be more suitable for kitchen or commercial areas. These applications are typically exposed to more products that can cause staining. However, if staining does occur, begin with some of the suggestions described in the “Regular Cleaning” section. If the stain persists, contact your local fabricator or stone supplier for professional recommendations.
ALL NATURAL STONE COUNTERTOPS FABRICATED BY F & M ARE SEALED WITH DRYTREAT STAINPROOF.
Typical applications: STAIN-PROOF Original™ is suitable for a wide variety of applications, including building facades, floors, walls, swimming pool surrounds, patios, garages, kitchens and entertaining areas.
Benefits: STAIN-PROOF Original™ is able to repel stains, graffiti and food products making cleaning easier; non film-forming; able to work without changing the appearance of the surface - keeps the original look; suitable for indoor and outdoor use; able to greatly reduce water uptake and minimize moss growth, freeze thaw spalling and efflorescence; an excellent chloride ion salt screen - ideal for marine and pool areas; highly water vapor permeable, able to breathe so there is no build-up of subsurface moisture, allowing it to dry out; deeply penetrating protecting against weathering and wearing; very alkali resistant; won't break down in contact with cement based materials, able to seal hairline cracks up to 0.3 mm (0.012 in.) and does not flake or peel.
Warranty: A 15-YEAR PERFORMANCE WARRANTY is offered when product applied by an Accredited Applicator following our written instructions and surface is maintained regularly using our written maintenance system, as outlined in our warranty document. Spills should still be cleaned up immediately to minimize absorption.