To maintain your stone’s natural beauty when spills occur, be prepared to act quickly using the correct method for clean-up. It is important to know the nature of the spill to help eliminate any resulting stains. Following, you’ll find some general guidelines. Another good source of industry-accepted information is located on the Marble Institute of America website at http://www.marble-institute.com/consumerresources/index.cfm.
- Quickly scoop up and remove as much of a food spill as possible using a clean, soft, white paper or cloth towel. Rinse well with warm water and blot dry.
- Absorb wet spills as quickly as possible by blotting repeatedly with a clean, white paper or cloth towel, turning it frequently. Always blot. Never rub or scrub abrasively. When blotting, work from the outer edge in toward the center of the spot to avoid spreading the spill. Use mild detergent, stone soap or an approved natural stone cleaner, if necessary, to remove any remaining residue. Rinse well with warm water and blot dry.
- For oily stains left after removing the spill, such as cooking oil, butter or cosmetic products, a poultice or cleaner made for oil-based stains is recommended.
- Never use abrasive or acidic cleansers that may contain lemon or vinegar.
- Resealing of your stone or grout may be necessary after using certain cleaning agents. Consult your manufacturer packaging for more information.
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Overall Cleaning/Refinishing: When you need to deep clean and restore