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Cleaning and Caring Porous Natural Stones

When cleaning natural stone countertops, walls and floors, it is important to remember that all natural stones are porous and have the ability to absorb liquids. Some stones are more porous than others, meaning that they absorb liquids easier than others. Darker granite colors, for example, are less porous than light granite colors, thus, light colored granite surfaces can stain easier than darker granite colors.

All natural stones such as granite, marble, quartz, travertine, or limestone, are composed of many crystals. Sometimes the crystals are the same and other times different minerals are bonded together to form the stone. What makes a stone porous is the space between the molecules of the minerals. Meaning, the further away the molecules are from each other, the more apt the stone is to absorb liquids and the closer together each molecule is to the next, the harder it is for the stone to stain.

The best way to prevent stone surfaces from getting stains is to use a stone conditioner to fill the porous surface with a substance that is healthy to the stone. If the stone surface is filled consistently with enhancers and conditioning agents, this will help prevent spills and acids from seeping into the layers of the granite countertops. This can be done by using a high quality granite cleaner and conditioner that will not only fill the porous surface, but also cleanse the surface using a 100% organic, biodegradable formula without harsh or abrasive chemicals. Conditioning granite, marble, quartz, travertine, or limestone surfaces will also leave a glass-like, noticeably smoother finish.


 
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