Stone Care & Maintenance Guide

For Natural Stone, Stone Mosaics, and Mosaics Containing Metal

Sealing Your Stone

Sealing helps maintain the look and stain protection of your natural stone. Natural Stone and Stone Mosaics should be sealed prior to and after installation.

Recommended Sealer

We recommend using a quality penetrating sealer that acts as a repellent to dirt and debris but does not change the look and feel of the natural stone product. Penetrating sealers are highly recommended for Marble. To enhance or deepen the color of your stone, we recommend an enhancing sealer.

General Care

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Cleaning Tools

Natural Stone can be cleaned using a dust mop, soft bristle brush, sponge, or a vacuum cleaner without a beater bar.

Clean Stone Mosaics with a microfiber cloth, soft bristle brush, sponge, synthetic mop, or a vacuum cleaner without a beater bar.

Mosaics containing metal should be wiped clean with a soft, non-abrasive cloth.

Recommended Cleaner

Natural Stone and Stone Mosaics should be cleaned with neutral pH cleaners that are specifically formulated for your stone type and don’t contain acid, bleach, or abrasive chemicals (i.e., citrus or vinegar).

Mosaics containing metal can be cleaned using a pH neutral cleaner after installation, for everyday maintenance and for heavy duty cleaning.

Caution: Harsh cleaners will etch and/or stain natural stone.

Mosaics should not be cleaned with acidic or abrasive cleaners, including sealer strippers, as it may remove the metallic look and cause the metal to rust.

Over time, it is normal for the metal to patina due to oxidation.

Shower Products

Using a squeegee regularly on Natural Stone and Stone Mosaics in the shower will help minimize soap scum, water spots, and hard water buildup. To remove soap scum buildup, we suggest a non-acidic soap scum remover specifically formulated for use on your stone type.

Caution: It is not recommended to install Mosaics containing metal in wet areas such as showers, steam showers, fountains, or pools.

Stain & Grease Removal

To remove stains and grease from Natural Stone and Stone Mosaics, we recommend using a deep cleaner formulated for your stone type or a poultice. Poultice is a type of cleaner that is non-acidic and absorbs deep set stains, grease, and light cementitious grout haze from both polished and unpolished stone.

Caution: Some heavy duty cleaners, including poultice, may dull the shine of polished stone. If this occurs, use a stone polish to restore the natural shine. Poultice is not suitable for use on mosaics containing metal.

Preventing Stains

To prevent staining, we recommend removing any spills as quickly as possible. Always use a blotting motion and avoid wiping to prevent the spill from becoming larger. Follow by flushing the area with mild soap and water several times and drying with a microfiber cloth.

Mold & Mildew

For assistance treating mold and mildew, select a mold or mildew cleaner that is suitable for your stone type and finish.

Grout Maintenance

Sealing Grout

If your stone product is grouted, sealing your cementitious grout helps maintain the look and prevents mildew and mold. Sealing is optional for pre-mixed and performance grout. When selecting a grout sealer, choose one that is formulated specifically for your grout and material type.

Grout Cleaning

Grout requires extra care when it’s been stained with food, grease, scum, and other forms of buildup. When used with a grout sponge or brush, the right grout cleaner should help remove any unwanted buildup.

Grout Refresh

If your grout still isn’t the desired color, you can refresh it! A sponge, grout stain applicator, a clean cloth, along with a grout refresh product suitable for use with stone are all you need. For best results follow all manufacturer instructions and guidelines.

Preventative Maintenance

Preventative maintenance is an important step in ensuring your stone is everlasting.

Resealing stone after installation as recommended will provide protection against staining, mold, and mildew.

Protect your floor from scratches or damage by using furniture caps and pads, non-slip mats, and area rugs.

Floor & Decor Pro Tip

It is recommended that cleaners and treatments are tested in a small, isolated area to ensure desired results.

*Since every application is different, the suggestions mentioned above are general recommendations only. Please be sure to follow all guidelines set in your product’s installation guide and warranty. If needed, we strongly recommend consulting a licensed professional who has experience with your material type and specific situation.