Care of Your Devonian Stone
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The Glacier Blue® Devonian Sandstone natural stone is an investment that will give you many years of beauty and service. Stone is a natural product, and simple care and maintenance will keep it looking beautiful. Here are some recommendations for routine care and cleaning.
All natural stone, ceramic tile, terrazzo, concrete, grout and masonry surfaces benefit by having a natural look impregnator / penetrating sealer. Impregnators penetrate into the substrate creating a barrier resistant to water penetration, oil penetration, stains, decrease surface absorption, reduce wear, allow 100% vapor transmission, increase static coefficient of friction, without altering the natural look. Stone has many variables and because stone care is not an exact science, test every situation should to assure expected results.
Your Installer should have instructions for routine maintenance, please be sure to discuss the options available before applying cleaning products.
Cleaning Procedures & Recommendations
Dust mop interior floors frequently using a clean non-treated dry dust mop. Sand, dirt and grit do the most damage to natural stone surfaces due to their abrasiveness. Mats or area rugs inside and outside an entrance will help to minimize the sand, dirt and grit that will scratch the stone floor. Be sure that the underside of the mat or rug is a non-slip surface. Normally, it will take a person about eight steps on a floor surface to remove sand or dirt from the bottom of their shoes.
Clean stone surfaces with a few drops of neutral cleaner, stone soap (available at hardware stores or from your stone dealer) or a mild liquid dishwashing detergent and warm water. Use a clean rag mop on floors and a soft cloth for other surfaces for best results. Too much cleaner or soap may leave a film and cause streaks. Rinse the surface thoroughly after washing with the soap solution and dry with a soft cloth. Change the rinse water frequently.
Bath and Other Wet Areas:
In the bath or other wet areas, using a squeegee after each use can minimize soap scum. To remove soap scum, use a non-acidic soap scum remover or a solution of ammonia and water (about 1/2 cup ammonia to a gallon of water). Frequent or over-use of an ammonia solution may eventually dull the surface of the stone.
Vanity Top Surfaces:
Vanity tops should have a penetrating sealer applied. Check with your installer for recommendations. A good quality marble wax or non-yellowing automobile paste wax can be applied to minimize water spotting.
Food Preparation Areas:
The stone should have a penetrating sealer applied. Be sure that it is non-toxic and safe for use on food preparation surfaces. If there are questions, check with the sealer manufacturer.
Outdoor Pool & Patio Areas:
On outdoor pool, patio or hot tub areas, flush with clear water and use a mild bleach solution to remove algae or moss.