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EXPERT'S ANSWERS

Ben asked: Are there eco-friendly stone cleaners?

Hi, Ben!

At Dry-Treat, we’re not just dedicated to premium-quality sealers and cleaners – we also want to make sure we provide products that are safe to use. That goes for both our customers and the environment. One perfect example would be Oxy-Klenza, a powerful oxygen-based cleaner for inside and outside. This product breaks down organic stains and soiling. Not only is Oxy-Klenza chlorine-free, it’s also biodegradable. It simply decomposes into oxygen, water and natural salts. Another example would be Sola-Kleena, which uses the energy in sunlight and moisture in the air to help remove stains from algae, mold and mildew. This product uses natural minerals instead of harmful chemicals or residues. Feel free to check out Dry-Treat’s cleaning range! Dry-Treat has a range of options that can suit your needs!

Marcus asked: How do I know which stain removal method to use?

Hi, Marcus!
Figuring out how to remove a stain depends on what caused the stain in the first place. Once you identify the culprit, you can put a stain removal plan into action. For instance, oil-based stains like those caused by grease and cosmetics can be removed with liquid cleanser, household detergent, ammonia, mineral spirits or acetone. On the other hand, paint stains need to be removed with either lacquer thinner for small amounts or commercial liquid paint stripper for large amounts. There are also stubborn stains that require the aid of a poultice to remove. (By the way, Oxy-Klenza makes an execellent poultice!)

Always keep in mind how different removal methods may affect your stone, however. Calcareous stones are vulnerable to etching from acidic materials, for example. And no matter what type of stain you’re looking to get rid of, there are some general best practices to keep in mind. For instance, remove any loose debris before starting, and blot spills instead of wiping, otherwise you might spread the stain.

Let us know if you have any more questions!

Rebecca asked: Is there such a thing as cleaning my stone too much?

Hi, Rebecca!
Natural stone can be a beautiful investment for your home or business, so it’s only fair you’d want to keep it looking great with regular surface cleaning and maintenance. With that said, it’s important not to go overboard when cleaning your stone. Using the right products is essential. A product like Rejuvenata is intended as a gentle daily cleaner for natural stone and engineered stone countertops, for example. It also contains an invisible sealer to help improve surface protection and make the material easier to clean. You should also keep in mind that some cleaning products can actually damage your stone. Calcareous stones like marble and limestone are very sensitive to acid, so a cleaning product containing acidic materials could lead to unsightly marks and etching. While it’s good to make sure your stone is well-maintained, remember to use the right tools for the job.
Happy cleaning!

Nolan asked: Will a sealer change the way my stone looks?

Hi, Nolan!
One of the great things about Dry-Treat’s sealers, such as STAIN-PROOF Original, is that it will help you maintain the natural beauty and structural integrity of your stone without changing its appearance. Our premium-quality sealers are invisible, meaning you can use them on your stone without worrying about it changing surface appearance. This is just one way in which impregnating sealers differ from the topical variety. Topical sealers can create a waxy surface on top of your stone while impregnating sealers penetrate deep into the pores of the material instead of resting on top. However, if you’re looking for a sealer that will enhance the look of your stone, there are options available. For instance, INTENSIFIA not only offers stain protection for porous surfaces, it also features deep, long-lasting color enhancement.

I hope that answered your question!

Laura asked: My stone is spalling – what do I do?

Hi, Laura!

Freeze-thaw spalling occurs when water enters a porous material and expands. Water can expand by 9 percent in ice form, and this pushes the walls of the pores. It it happens close to the surface of your stone, pieces of it will likely break off. This starts a snowball effect, as the more pieces that break off, the bigger the pores become, allowing more water to enter, freeze and expand. Unfortunately, by the time you notice flaking or pitting, the spalling process is already at an advanced stage. While there’s no way to completely prevent freeze-thaw spalling from happening, you can significantly slow down the process by keeping water out as much as possible. By using a breathable impregnating sealer that goes deep into the surface, water will be kept out while still allowed to escape as vapor! If your stone is a really soft and porous material, strengthening the surface by using a consolidator (such as the Dry-Treat 40SK™) will help keep the stone intact for longer!

Good luck!