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Natural Stone, Cleaning & Sealing

Just like ceramic tile, natural stone is one of the most abused and overlooked floor and wall surfaces in the home simply because of the care involved in cleaning it. An etch mark in a polished marble or travertine floor can be a constant reminder that grandmother wasn’t always right about the merits of cleaning with a solution of vinegar and water.

The good news is Integrity Cleaning & Restoration can make short work of this task. Whether you have natural stone in your kitchen, bathroom, or some other area of your home, those stubborn stains and etch marks don’t stand a chance. Your natural stone will look very much as it did the day it was installed.

At Integrity Cleaning & Restoration we are dedicated to helping you keep your home healthy, clean, and always looking its best. The solution to difficult natural stone, cleaning & sealing is just a phone call away. Trust Integrity Cleaning & Restoration for all those difficult and unpopular projects. You really will be glad you did.

Maintenance:

General cleaners not specifically formulated for natural stone or tile are never recommended. These can breakdown the sealer, thereby removing its protective properties and making the stone and tile grout susceptible to stains. Worse yet, many cleaning products, including those that contain lemon, vinegar, bleach or ammonia can etch away the polish, discolor the surface, or even scratch your stone.

Many cleaners have what is called a chelating agent in them. This agent breaks down and dissolves minerals in hard water. Since all stone is made up of minerals, these types of cleaners will dissolve and cause streaks over prolonged use. Integrity Cleaning & Restoration offers the complete line of StoneTech Professional™ Products.

Limestone

limestoneLimestone is similar to marble in that it is sensitive to acids and household cleaners containing chelating agents. It varies in hardness and sometimes will have fossil imprints. Integrity Cleaning & Restoration offers cleaning, honing, polishing, and sealing of limestone.

For best results, have your limestone sealed and use a neutral stone cleaner such as StoneTech Professional™ stone and tile cleaner available through Integrity Cleaning & Restoration.

Marble

marbleMarble is softer and more porous than most stone; it not only scratches easily, but also etches easily. Marble is sensitive to acids in many different food items (including citrus products, sodas, etc.) and the chelating agents in household cleaners. See the section marked maintenance for more on chelating agents. Integrity Cleaning & Restoration offers rust and stain removal as well as cleaning, polishing, and sealing of marble floors and countertops.

For best results, have your marble sealed and use a neutral stone cleaner such as StoneTech Professional™ stone and tile cleaner available through Integrity Cleaning & Restoration.

Travertine

travertineTravertine is limestone that has been formed by hot springs. Water movement caused erosion of the stone creating numerous holes of varying sizes. Travertine is similar to marble in that it can be polished, and is sensitive to acids and household cleaners with chelating agents. Integrity Cleaning & Restoration offers cleaning, honing, polishing, sealing and enhancement sealers for Travertine.

For best results, have your travertine sealed and use a neutral stone cleaner such as StoneTech Professional™ stone and tile cleaner available through Integrity Cleaning & Restoration.

Slate

slateSlate is a fine-grained metamorphic stone usually black, gray or green. Slate is not acid sensitive but prolonged use of household cleaners with chelating agents can cause streaking and dullness. Integrity Cleaning & Restoration offers slate cleaning, sealing or enhancers that bring out the deep rich natural color of slate.

For best results, have your slate sealed and use a neutral stone cleaner such as StoneTech Professional™ stone and tile cleaner available through Integrity Cleaning & Restoration.

Granite

graniteGranite is an extremely hard natural stone and is not as porous as other natural stones. Though not acid sensitive, prolonged use of household cleaners with chelating agents will cause streaking and can be a homeowner’s nightmare. Integrity Cleaning & Restoration offers cleaning and sealing of granite countertops and floors.

For best results, have your granite sealed and use StoneTech Professional™ Revitalizer™, which is available through Integrity Cleaning & Restoration.

Terrazzo

terrazzoTerrazzo appears more uniform than most natural stones and is available in tile form or by a pouring application on the slab. Terrazzo is a mixture of Portland cement and marble chips; these chips can range in size from a fraction of an inch to as large as several inches. Integrity Cleaning & Restoration offers Terrazzo cleaning, polishing and sealing.

For best results, have your terrazzo sealed and use a neutral stone cleaner such as StoneTech Professional™ stone and tile cleaner available through Integrity Cleaning & Restoration.