There are several different types of natural stone, with varying porosity. The more porous the stone, the more easily it can stain, and therefore, the more protection you will want to further guard your investment.
Depending on your lifestyle and use of the stone, you may want to consider sealing your stone on a regular basis. Sealing will slow the staining process. Manufacturers recommend sealing once every one to three years depending on the amount of usage the stone area receives. Your Design Consultant can offer you sealing recommendations.
Manufacturers recommend specialty products designed specifically for their stone countertops. If those are unavailable, you can use a neutral pH detergent or pure soap, such as Liquid Ivory, for spills or periodic cleaning. Make sure to rinse thoroughly and buff dry with a soft, clean cloth. Too much cleaning agent or soap may leave a film and cause streaks.
Do not use products that contain vinegar, abrasives or any ammonia-based cleaners, such as Windex. Additionally, do not use retail grout cleaners or bathroom cleaners on your stone. These products will dull the luster of your stone.
Protect your stone from acids and oils. Acidic foods, such as lemons, tomatoes and soda can cause potential damage by changing the color of your stone. Oil-based products such as olive oil, cooking oil and oil-based cosmetics can also stain your countertop.
Please remember, it is the responsibility of the homeowner to maintain all caulked areas.
If cared for properly and routinely maintained, your new stone countertop and wall tile will bring your household lasting beauty.