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Care & Maintenance
To insure your natural stone products will provide you with a lifetime of aesthetics and utility, proper maintenance is a very good idea. Natural Stone is porous by nature and require different maintenance than traditional ceramic tile. Many of the cleaners acceptable for use on ceramic tile can stain, damage stone. Dirt and dust scratches the surface of stone. Stone floors should be vacuumed or mopped frequently to remove abrasive agents from the surface. Natural stone should be cleaned with neutral cleaners. Stone cleaners should never contain acid or bleach. Acids, even a light solution of vinegar and water, will damage natural stone after repeated use.

Only use cleaners specifically designed for cleaning stone. The cleaners should contain no acids and should have concentrated neutral pH cleaners that will not affect existing sealers or wax coatings. The surface of the stone should be dampened with clean water. This will keep the cleaning solution on the surface so it can work. A solution of the cleaner and water mixed to manufacturer instructions should be applied to the stone surface with a soft sponge or mop. On walls, kitchen counters or vanity tops, a spray bottle can be used to apply the mix. Remove dirty solution and buff dry. After the stone has been cleaned, you can periodically apply a Spray wax kind floor finish to bring u[ the beauty and shine of the polished stone. These products can be purchased from most Home Centers or through your local Dealer.

Heavy Duty Stone Cleaning
When some areas have been neglected, you will have to use a heavy duty stone cleaner and degreaser to remove dirt & grime, and floor finishes. These particular cleaning products are concentrated and designed to deep clean the stone with no damage. Apply the solution of the cleaner and water mixed to manufacturer instructions to the stone surface with a sponge or mop. Allow setting for manufacturer-specified amount of time. You may prefer to use a floor-scrubbing machine. Remove dirty solution and buff dry. Make sure to change the cleaning solution every 100 square feet or so to avoid reintroducing dirty water during the cleaning process. Rinse with clean water when finished. After cleaning you may apply the Spray-Buff wax-type floor finish to enhance the natural shine.

Stain Removal
Stone poultice will remove stains and grout haze from stone. Poultice is a fine, non acidic, absorptive clay cleaning powder that removes deep-set oil stains, grease and light cemented grout haze from polished and unpolished natural stone. Sometimes poultice may dull the shine of the polished stone. If this occurs you will need to use a marble polish to bring back the natural shine.

If a marble finish has become dull, scratched or etched, you can restore the natural shine through the use of a marble polish. Some marble polishes are available in kits. The process can be enhanced with the use of floor buffing machines. The process is generally a re-crystallization process to remove fine scratches and restore the original shine and polish to the stone. This is not an application of a topical sealer or wax to cover-up damaged or worn surfaces. 


Ceramic Tile Care and Maintenance
Contaminants and spills on a glazed ceramic tile are, most of the time, easier to clean then other, more impervious surfaces. Glazed tile products should be cleaned regularly with an all-purpose, non oil-based household or commercial cleaner. The product chosen should also be grout joint cleaning compatible. The type of product may vary depending on the tile application and use. A multipurpose spray cleaner, which removes soap scum, hard water deposits, and mildew designed for every day use, can be used on wall tile areas in residential baths and showers. The entire area should be cleaned and scrubbed with cleaner solution through the use of a cotton mop, cloth, sponge, or non-metallic brush. The entire area should be rinsed with clean water to remove any cleaning solution residue. Remember that you should sweep or vacuum floor areas prior to cleaning to remove any dust or debris. Routine cleaners should never contain acids or ammonia. Acids can damage the grout and the glazed surface of the tile, and ammonia can discolor the grout. Unglazed tile should be cleaned routinely with concentrated tile cleaners that have a neutral pH for safe regular use. These cleaners are better suited for removing grease, oils and normal spills from unglazed products. Again these products will vary depending on the application, amount of traffic & the use. The product chosen should also be compatible with cleaning the grout joints at the same time.

Removal of Sealers, Waxes or Floor Finishes
If you need to remove a topical sealer or floor wax from a ceramic tile you should use a Tile Sealer & Adhesive remover. Always test a small area first. Apply a liberal amount of undiluted sealer & adhesive remover to a manageable area. Allow setting without drying until coating or residue softens. Reapply if necessary until sealer softens and can be removed. If necessary, agitate with white nylon scrub pad. Wipe up the residue with a cotton towel or sponge. Rinse thoroughly with clean water. Do not use on natural stone products.

Glass Tiles
For routine cleaning, use any non-abrasive cleaning compound recommended for either glass or tile

Saltillo Tile Care
Soft clay tiles are categorized as specialty use products, and as such they are generally not governed by the same requirements as glazed or unglazed ceramic tile. These products will require some type of topical sealer protection. These sealers are designed to provide stain resistance and a durable finish to protect clay tile against wear. Pre-sealing the tile prior to grouting will act as a pre-grout sealer, provided it is applied over a clean tile surface. An additional final coat over the grouted floor will complete the sealing process along with providing the final grout stain protection. There are two common types of sealers used today for sealing specialty tiles. The first is a water-based blend of acrylic polymers. This product allows for moisture vapor transmission, and it can be reapplied over itself, without stripping or removing the old sealer when the original application has become worn. The second type is a solvent-based sealer. Solvent-based sealers are not as forgiving after they have become worn, they must be stripped and removed prior to reapplication. Both types should be UV stable, which means the ultra violet rays from the sun should not break them down. You should always follow the manufacturer's instructions for use, maintenance and precautions. The expected wear of the topical sealer will vary depending on the hardness, surface texture, type or area, usage, and type of maintenance products used. However, the average expected use life of the sealer, when properly prepared, is a maximum of 3 years. Harsh cleaning methods, high-alkaline or solvent-based cleaners can significantly lower the expected life of the sealer. Concentrated tile cleaners are recommended for routine cleaning. Highly alkaline, acidic, ammoniated, abrasive cleaners and/or bleach may break down the sealer, adversely affecting repellency and may not be good for the tile or grout. Use a neutral cleaner specially formulated for tile and grout. We recommend DuPont™ StoneTech® Professional Stone & Tile Cleaner. You may also use DuPont™ StoneTech® Professional Stone & Tile Cleaner in the ready-to-use spray bottle or wipes. For interior surfaces, resealing should be performed every 3-5 years. For exterior surfaces, resealing should be performed every 1-3 years. Terrazzo surfaces must be sealed to prevent or minimize staining. Leaving terrazzo untreated may greatly hinder the complete removal of stains in the future. The following sealer suggestion is for impregnating the stone and grout and will allow the stone to breathe.

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