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PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE

Natural stone bears natures many complexities and shows large variations in its absorption, density and hardness.
These have an important impact on how to protect and preserve the appearance and beauty of the stone.

Due to these natural variations many stone surfaces can easily lose their appealing aesthetic qualities due to damage resulting from the everyday wear of foot-traffic, spills, harsh cleaners and the weathering elements.
The fact that stone is absorbent and has a mineral chemistry that can react in strange ways to conventional cleaners, makes the proper selection of cleaners very important for successfully maintaining stone on a daily bases.

Many of the commercial conventional products that are labeled "Neutral", "All-Purpose" cleaners can have a pH ranging from slightly acidic 6 to a alkaline base of 8 - 10. The chemical reactions of these cleaners are gradual; they will eventually dull the natural polish of the stone and discolor it over time. It is not recommended using these "all purpose" cleaners on stone surfaces.

Stone care products have been formulated to effectively solve the specific cleaning problems related to the absorbent and mineral characteristics of stone.

Also, due to its absorbent nature, some varieties more so than others, will absorb liquids and oils, causing stains, discolorations or irreversible mineralogical chemical changes in the stone. These processes are greatly minimized by having the stone treated with a penetrating water or oil repellent.
These treatments products penetrate below the surface into the micro-pore structure,  lining them and interrupting the natural migration of moisture or oil into the stone, making  the stone surface easier to clean; and in exterior installations provides protections from  the adverse affects of the natural weathering processes.
If the stone will be used where foods and oils will be present, it is recommended to  treated these areas with a oil repellent and in general purpose areas with a water repellent.

NOTE : Penetrating treatments will not protect acid sensitive stones (marble & limestone) from etching, however, they can minimize its damaging affects by keeping the acid at the surface producing superficial etches that are easier and less costly to remove.

As part of a Preventive Maintenance Program, it is also recommended to keep a record when the stone was treated, the product brand used and its service life. Over time the treatment will eventually lose its effectiveness and the stone should be retreated to protect and preserve it.

 

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