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Even after your surface has been restored and impregnated, its new beautiful appearance is not permanent. Proper daily care will greatly extend the beautiful appearance, but on-going foot-traffic and other factors will always be wearing away at the bright, clean appearance. A periodic maintenance program will mean additional expense, but it will always ensure a beautiful floor and prevent the need for a complete restoration in the future. After restoration, we can design a periodic restoration schedule. The frequency will be determined by both the needs of your specific surface, how it is used and the appearance level that you would like to maintain.
Daily Cleaning suggestions: This is your typical Janitorial or Maid service. Using a vacuum with a soft bristle hard floor attachment and vacuum the floors. This will help prevent scratching and pick up any loose dirt as to avoid this dirt from turning into mud and spreading if just moped or scrubbed without vacuuming first. Then with the use of a fine mist sprayer and a microfiber mop, spray with a pH neutral product (we would suggest MB-1 on ALL hard floor surfaces and the MB-5 or MB-17 on all other surfaces) and wipe the floors with the microfiber mop. This will keep the surfaces clean and be gentle enough to avoid etching. This is also eliminates access water usage and help keep the sealers from breaking. In addition, the microfiber will help present a better detailed finish.
Monthly Cleaning suggestions: Typically completed by a trained restoration professional. Using a machine to auto scrub a surface sounds great but serious care needs to be used. You don’t want to strip, etch or open the pores of the surface to allow it to take on more stains. Use the auto scrubber once a month only. Use this with either a soft grey Malish brush, or white pads used for rotary machines. The use of a white pad that is laced with hogs’ hair can help add a little luster to the surface.
Quarterly - Annual Maintenance suggestions: This is different than janitorial and must be completed by a trained restoration professional. A trained restoration maintenance professional would be required for this service. This service will deep clean and extract the entire surface with alkaline based products to remove oils, greases and truly sticky substances and reseal with surfaces to keep that original luster lasting longer and protecting the surfaces from absorbing stains and dirt. This service will also eliminate the need of have to ever pay for restoration again as long as this service is utilized. (Included with Monthly Maintenance Accounts)
We make it a point to educate our customers on proper surface care. To keep your stone, tile & grout and all hard surfaces looking their best. First, follow some simple but important care instructions and download our Surface Care Guide (Linked above) for all of our care tips and information.
We strongly recommend you use only quality products. We use and recommend MB Stone Care products.
Here are some other quick pointers to keep in mind:
Acidic liquids (wine, orange juice, tomato paste, a whole lot of other foods and just about all the cleaning products you buy straight off the grocery store shelf) will eat into marble, travertine, limestone, onyx, alabaster and some slates, leaving etch marks.
To minimize or prevent this and other kinds of damage to your natural stone surfaces download our free Stone and Tile Care Guide
Clean up spills as quickly as possible. Do not rub a spill, simply blot it up.
Use coasters under glasses, particularly those containing alcohol or citrus juices.
Use place mats under dishes, glasses and silverware, which could scratch the surface.
Play it safe. Use trivets or mats under hot dishes. Do not set them directly on your natural stone.
Avoid using cleaners that do not specifically state they are safe for natural stone, not only on the stone, but also on items nearby. For example, overspray from cleaning mirrors, or drips or splashes from toilet bowl cleaners can easily damage the stone beneath or around them if they are not specifically stone safe.