Getting your stone ready for Santa’s visit – stains to watch out for
With Christmas rapidly approaching, you can expect to find a stranger rummaging through your house in the dead of night, eating your food and promptly disappearing into the dusk. We’re of course talking about Kris Kringle; Saint Nick; Father Christmas himself – Santa Claus.
An visit from Santa is of course a home invasion we all look forward to. Nevertheless, in all the rush of bringing your your gifts, the portly present-bringer may end up creating the need for a little bit of surface cleaning. Here are a few of the things to look out for in anticipation of his visit.
Don’t cry over spilt milk
It’s customary to leave some milk and cookies for Santa every Christmas Eve – after all, delivering gifts to millions of children in one night is thirsty work!
But while he’s getting through this Herculean task, it wouldn’t be surprising if he spilt a drop or two – or more – on your terracotta tile floor. Milk can create an oily stain on your stone, causing it to darken and ruining its appearance.
As the Marble Institute of America outlines, you’ll want to gently clean it with a soft cleanser and a household detergent. Or better yet, put some HANAFINN Rejuvenata ACTIVE™ to work in getting it out.
Footing the bill for Santa’s boots
While his reindeer certainly won’t be able to get down the chimney and damage your tile with their hooves, Santa’s boots can do enough damage on their own. Footwear can be notoriously harmful to stone, leaving dark scuff marks and scratches – particularly when the wearer is rushing around looking for the Christmas tree.
Common household solutions for these are to use an eraser to remove the scuff marks, or buff out the more lightweight scratches with steel wool.
Snow wonder you need to seal your stone
Finally, with Santa trudging around the snowy rooftops all night, it’s highly likely he’s going to bring some snow into the house. If your stone is unprotected, when this snow melts it can seep into your porous stone tiles in matter of seconds.
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