Let the sun shine on your stone!
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of kicking back in your very own patio and soaking up some sun. Then again, a little too much heat can leave you feeling sweaty and uncomfortable.
Fortunately for homeowners who have invested in natural stone, combating this can be made easier.
“Heat islands are most common in urban areas where surfaces are comprised of synthetic materials. In particular, roofing and pavement absorb heat from the sun, especially when their capability to reflect solar radiation is poor,” stated the Natural Stone Council in its case study regarding natural stone solar reflectance.
“When the absorbed heat is returned to the air (through convection), the resultant rise in temperature can be quite burdensome on air quality, natural resources and ecosystems. For instance, one of the main ingredients of smog is heat. Temperature raises fuel smog formation, creating visual impairment and health hazards.”
Meanwhile, natural stone has the potential to be a cooling agent when used as a paving material. The Natural Stone Council highlights how this can help reduce the burden on air quality, as well as lead to a decrease in utility costs.
So when you’re choosing which material to use for your backyard oasis, the selection of natural stone seems obvious. Best of all, there are products available that can help make cleaning your outside stone even easier.
Let the light help with surface cleaning
Forget slaving away on your hands and knees to keep your natural stone in tip-top shape.
Sola-Kleena is an innovative self-cleaning product that is photo-active, meaning it’s activated by light. It’s engineered for hard porous surfaces such as natural stone, and can make surface cleaning a breeze by letting the sun give you an assist.
A light coat of Sola-Kleena will break down soil, grime and other pollutants, working over weeks at a time. However, you can count on this product to continue working for years in many cases.
Not only can it be used for patios, it will also provide benefits for decks, building facades, walls, cladding, swimming pool surrounds and driveways.
Sola-Kleena is supplied as a concentrate and is diluted with fresh water to create a ready-to-use cleaner. Depending on surface conditions, one quarter of Sola-Kleena can be mixed with 4 quarts of water in order to treat an area of up to 800 square feet.
Keep it natural, keep it safe
Perhaps the biggest benefit of Sola-Kleena is the time and energy it can save you. After all, no one wants to spend a beautiful day in the sun scrubbing natural stone.
Instead of worrying about getting rid of stains from mold and mildew, you can lounge in your yard and get the enjoyment out of the space you deserve.
However, another great advantage of Sola-Kleena is that it uses natural minerals, not harmful chemicals or residues. This means that unlike many other cleaners on the market, it’s safer for you and the environment to be around.
At the same time, this doesn’t mean no precautions need to be taken. First and foremost, never take it internally.
You should also be aware that it may fade or lighten the color of some surfaces. You’ll also want to keep the product away from drains, plants, water and soil.
When applying the product, wear suitable rubber gloves and safety goggles. Also be sure to wash your gloves and safety clothing after application.
Once you’re finished, store the container tightly sealed in a cool, dry and well-ventilated place.
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