For all the options you have when it comes to decorating, being able to utilise natural materials, either in your home, garden or office enhances any space. When it comes to walls and flooring, there is nothing better than being able to add natural stone to your interior design.
Uses of Natural Stone
Natural stone is long-lasting, and if looked after, can last a lifetime. Because of its durability and how aesthetically pleasing it can be, it is increasingly being used in homes and offices around the UK.
As with any flooring, wall covering or worktop, sooner or later, it is going to get marked. Whether it’s in a high foot-fall area like an office. Or the tranquil setting of your garden. Or your kitchen worktops and bathroom stone tiles, natural stone will stain. Making your stone surface look damaged. But there are ways to get stains out of natural stone and get it back to its best.
Why Does Natural Stone Mark?
The natural stone marks simply because it’s porous. Liquid and moisture permeates the surface and causes the stains. The fact that it’s porous is good because it is also the reason that stains can be removed easily. You can remove the mark easily. But it depends on what you’ve spilt on how you can clean the surface.
Generally, natural stone can be divided into two types: siliceous and calcareous stone. Siliceous stone is made from silica or quartz-like particles. These are generally the stones used in a garden or other external spaces. But can be used internally. They include stone materials such as granite, sandstone, and slate.
Calcareous stone is made primarily of calcium carbonate and is used in marble, travertine, limestone, and onyx. This type of stone tends to be more susceptible to staining because it is less dense.
How to Remove Each Stain
If your stain is oil-based, (grease, cooking oil, milk or make-up) then you’ll notice the stone darken. To clean the surface after an oil stain you need to chemically dissolve the surface so the stain can be rinsed away. This isn’t as harsh as it sounds. The area can be cleaned gently with bleach or another household detergent.
Natural stone that has been stained by organic materials (i.e. coffee, tea, fruit, food, etc), commonly occur on kitchen tops and stone worktops, comes out as a pinkish-brown stain. Again, this can be easily removed with a weak 12% hydrogen peroxide chemical (think hair bleaching strength) and a few drops of ammonia. There are products you can buy specifically for this method of cleaning.
If you use natural stone in your bathroom, then it’s more likely to stain due to water spots and marks. These are often caused by the accumulation of hard water on the surface. Whilst these stains can appear messy they are easy to clean using steel wool. Just be careful not to press too hard with the steel wool or you might cause damage to the surface.
Whether your stone is brand new and you want to protect it, or you’ve cleaned it for the millionth time and want to have a break, you can save yourself time with some basic prevention techniques. There isn’t anything that will stop stains completely, but you can seal your surface which both protects and enhances the stone.
If we can leave you with one tip, it’s that when a stone is stained, wipe spillages as soon as they occur so the stone doesn’t absorb the spill. This will save you time and can save your stone tiles or stone worktops. Looked after, natural stone will outlast all of us. If you are thinking of featuring stone in your home, then B Stone has you covered. Visit our contact page or call us today on 01604 585848.