To ensure your natural stone products will provide you with a lifetime of aesthetics and utility, a proper maintenance program by RENEW is crucial. Natural Stone products are porous by nature grout can develop mildew and bacteria and require a different maintenance program than traditional ceramic and other synthetic tile.
Many of the cleaners acceptable for use on ceramic tile can stain, damage or dull stone, as well as dirt and dust will scratch the surface of stone. Therefore RENEW only use cleaners specifically designed for cleaning stone. These cleaners contain no acids and are concentrated cleaners that will not affect existing sealers or wax-type coatings. The surface of the stone will be dampened with clear water. This will keep the cleaning solution on the surface so it can be effective. A solution of the cleaner will be applied to the stone surface with a sponge or mop. On walls, kitchen counters or vanity tops, a spray bottle will be used to apply the cleaning solution. We then allow the cleaner to sit on the stone for the manufacturer’s specified amount of time (usually 3 to 5 minutes). The next step is to agitate the solution on the stone with a soft bristle brush or through the use of a floor-scrubbing machine.
HEAVY DUTY STONE CLEANING:
When some areas have been neglected, RENEW will need to use a heavy-duty non-hazardous and non-polluting stone cleaner and degreaser to effectively remove dirt, grease, grime, waxes and floor finishes. We apply the solution to the stone surface. Allow setting for manufacturer-specified amount of time. Agitate with a sponge, synthetic mop, and soft bristle brush or through the use of a floor-scrubbing machine. Rinse thoroughly with clean water using a truck mounted system so we will take all the waste with us when finished
Stone poultice will remove stains and grout haze from stone. Poultice is a fine, nonacidic, absorptive clay cleaning powder that removes deep-set oil stains, grease and light cementitious grout haze from polished and unpolished natural stone.
If the finish has become dull, scratched or etched, RENEW will restore the natural shine of your stone through the use of a polish designed for your specific stone. The process can be enhanced with the use of floor buffing machines. The process is generally a re-crystallization process to remove fine scratches and restore the original shine and polish to the stone.