Tips for choosing the right cleaning product for your stone
Porous stone floors are an architectural marvel that have been around for thousands of years – a testament to their beauty and versatility. However, looking after them can be a difficult task, especially if you aren’t proactive about taking care of any mess sitting on the surface.
By nature, many of the materials commonly used for flooring are prone to soaking up liquid and stains, ingraining them deeply into the material. This can have a wide range of effects, from a simple stain to causing damage that can be costly and time-consuming to repair.
When it comes to cleaning spills and stains, it’s important to act fast. Blot the stain with paper towels to remove the excess liquid before cleaning with water and a light, mild soap. Never wipe the area, as this could have the adverse effect of spreading the stain further across the surface.
Rinse the area several times until the stain is gone before thoroughly drying the area with a soft, non-abrasive cloth. Hopefully this will take care of the problem; if not, it could be worth investigating a more heavy duty stain removal product.
Depending on the type of stain, there are a number of different solutions available for you to use. For example, organic stains like coffee, tea and food can be taken care of with an alkaline-based cleaner – especially if the stain has dried into the mineral.
If you need to clean acid-sensitive surfaces like marble, limestone, travertine or grout, there are a number of products that are relatively low in acidic characteristics that can be used for surface cleaning without the worry of causing further harm to the stone.
The key to successfully cleaning your porous surfaces is understanding the type of material you’re working with, and finding an appropriate product to clean it without damaging the stone further.
Oxy-Klenza is just one example – a powerful oxygen-based, chlorine-free cleaner that can break down organic stains and soiling both indoors and outside.
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