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   No matter how careful you are , spills are going to happen. A quick response and the right solution can keep spills from damaging your stone or the sealer. Etch Marks-Substances that are highly acidy,such as orange juice,coffee,vinegar,wine,tomato products,mustard and many soft drinks, will etch most marble, limestone, and travertine - whether the stone is sealed or unsealed. Although sealing allows you time to wipe up a spill, it cannot stop the chemical reaction that may leave a dull area or etch mark in the stone.In addition, cleaners not specifically designed for natural stone are not recommended. These may etch away the polish,discolor the surface,scratch the stone or degrade the sealer. That 's selecting the correct cleaning product is so important to the lifetime beauty of you natural stone.   

What to do When a Spill Occurs 

​​​​      Italian Heritage Tile and Stone seals all jobs, whether it be a tiled project or a natural stone, after a couple of years or so (depending on usage of area), a general rule of thumb, if water will penetrate or darken the surface of ceramic or stone tile, so will stain materials and the natural color may be permanently affected. While glazed tile requires no sealer, unglazed or natural stone may benefit from a protective coat of sealant. You will know it is time to reseal. The best sealing approach is based on the tile finish (acid washed, honed, natural) to determine whether a petroleum or water-based sealant is best. Always follow manufacturer's instructions on the specific sealer being used.​

Sealing your Tile & Stone

​​- DON'T use vinegar, bleach,ammonia or other general purpose cleaners
- ​DON'T use cleaners that contain acid such as bathroom cleaners,grout cleaners or tub and tile cleaners for your natural stone surfaces
​​- DON'T use abrasive cleaners such as dry cleansers or soft cleansers
- ​​DON'T use alkaline cleaners not specifically formulated for natural stone

​​- DO use coasters under glasses, especially if they contain alcohol or citrus juices
- DO use trivets or mats under hot dishes or cookware​
- ​DO use place mats under china, ceramics, silver, or objects that may scratch your stone surface
- ​DO place a small rug or mat at Entryways to trap dirt and sand from normal foot traffic
​- DO dust countertops, islands, vanities and floors frequently
​- DO blot up spills immediately to minimize permanent damage to the stone
- ​DO clean surfaces by wiping with clean water , then wiping dry with a clean cloth, if areas have oils, sauces and need more that just water clean up, make sure to use A natural stone cleaner available at your local market.

Do's and Don'ts​

Professional refinishing is the best way to permanently remove etch marks and restore your natural stone's even finish.  

Food spills - scoop up the food with a plastic spoon. Blot with dry, white cloth.    

Liquid spills - Blot away the excess with a clean, dry, white cloth.    ​

Oily Stains - if you identify the stain as having an oil base (from foods like a salad, cooking oils, butter, or cosmetics) you may be able to remove the stain using a poultice product.

Quick Tips

    Dust mop interior floors frequently using a clean non-treated dry dust mop.Sand, dirt and grit do the most damage to natural stone due to their abrasives.Mats or rug areas inside and outside an entrance will help to minimize the potential damage from these particles. In addition, be careful when using a vacuum cleaner as the metal or plastic attachments or wheels may scratch the surface. Bath ,Showers or other wet areas In the bath, or shower surrounds, using a squeegee after each use, can minimize soap scum and hard water deposit buildup.​

Floor Surfaces

​    Many common foods and drinks contain acids that may etch or dull the stone surface.Also, some common toiletries (perfume,toothpaste,mouthwash) contain acids and other ingredients that may damage the stone surface or degrade the sealer. Common practice is to use a natural cleaner and pick up the toiletries spills as they happen, don't let them sit there a long period.​

Countertops and ​Vanities

     ​​​Following some simple precautions, properly sealing, and using the correct cleaning methods and products, will insure you a lifetime of use from your natural stone and grout joints. Clean your natural stone on a regular basis with warm water and a clean, non abrasive cloth,sponge or mop. In addition, using a natural cleaner specially formulated for natural stone will help remove soils that normal dusting or damp mopping leave behind.

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