Are you a home or business owner with natural stone surfaces? These beautiful stone floors, showers, and countertops are investments into the future of our properties. This is because, when taken care of, natural stone has the potential to last for decades. Unfortunately, natural stone surfaces are also extremely sensitive and can become damaged when not properly taken care of.
In order to protect your nature stone you will want to use cleaners that are safe and microfiber cloths. This includes gentle soap and water, and pH neutral natural stone cleaners.
A pH neutral cleaner falls right in the middle of the pH scale. The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14, with more acidic materials ranging from 0 to 6.9 and more alkaline materials ranging from 7.1 to 14. A pH neutral cleaner will have a pH of 7, making it safe to use on sensitive surfaces, like those made from natural stone.
Some surfaces are vulnerable to damage when they come into contact with acidic or alkaline cleaning solutions. But pH neutral products can efficiently clean these sensitive surfaces without causing burning, which leaves discoloration on the surface, or etching, which strips a smooth, shiny surface like stone, leaving it rough and dull.
When to Use a pH Neutral Cleaner
If your floors, walls, or countertops are made of natural stone slabs or tiles, it’s time to break out the pH neutral cleaner. But a pH neutral cleaner isn’t just good for stone surfaces. While this type of cleaner will prevent etching, which turns the surface rough, or discoloration on natural stone, you can also use it on other materials, including:
- Untreated wood
- Hardwood floors
That’s not to say acidic or alkaline cleaners are bad, either. Acidic cleaners are great for removing mineral buildup, like rust or calcium. Alkaline cleaners can cut through tough grease stains and dirt. But these powerful cleaners aren’t great for all types of floors, countertops, or backsplash, especially natural stone.
Safe Natural Stone Cleaning Solution
Modern Stone Care Stone & Tile Floor Cleaner is a neutral (ph 7) marble safe floor cleaner which is to be used for regular maintenance on any hard surface not harmed by water. It was originally made to protect calcite based stones, such as marble, limestone, & travertine, which are alkaline in nature due to the mineral content, from chemical etching. It’s no rinse, streak free properties make this cleaner ideal for any hard surface, as it does not leave a dulling film or residue. Special organic slats in its formula act as “moisturizers” thus preventing natural stone from “drying out.” It also contains optical brighteners to enhance the finish of the surface on which it is used.
If you have any questions or concerns about this cleaning product contact us today. Our customer service representatives will be happy to go over the ingredients and instructions when using this natural stone safe cleaner.
What Do Acidic Products Do to Natural Stone?
Acidic products quickly work to break down protective seals on natural stone. Once this seal has been broken, the acid will begin to damage your stone. This can happen by causing etching on the stone, a cloudy appearance on the stone, and a breakdown of the stone. Always be careful to read the ingredients in any cleaning agent you apply to your stone surfaces.
Natural Stone Cleaning In Houston TX
At Modern Stone Care, our team of highly knowledgeable technicians specialize in the restoration, cleaning, polishing, and sealing of all-natural stone surfaces. This includes flooring, countertops, outdoor pool coping, and more. We work hard to ensure your natural stone maintains its beautiful and vibrant appearance for as long as possible. When it comes to the care of your delicate natural stone surfaces, leave it to the professionals at Modern Stone Care. We work in Houston and surrounding areas to offer the best stone care in the city.