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Care and Instructions

Caring for your Stone Installation

Whether it is marble, granite or limestone, natural stone is a beautiful and enduring material. It is a wonderful investment for your home or office and if properly used and maintained it will give you many years of long lasting beautiful service. If you treat tabletops and countertops like the fine furniture that it is, you will have very few problems with your stone. On this page you will find many recommendations for routine care and maintenance in addition to some simple stain removing tips.


Stones vary in strength, some will scratch easier than others, marbles, travertines, and limestones are fairly soft stones and care should always be taken with these materials. Granite is a very strong stone and will withstand more use than softer materials, but it too can be scratched if abused.

  • Use coasters under all glasses, particularly those containing alcohol or citrus juices. Many common foods and drinks contain acids that will etch or dull the stone surface. 
  • Do not place hot items directly on the stone surface. Use trivets or mats under hot dishes and placemats under china, ceramics, silver or other objects that can scratch the surface. 
  • Use cutting boards (for the sake of your knives as well as protecting the stone). 

Cleaning Procedures & Recommendations

Bath and Other Wet Areas

In the bath or other wet areas, soap scum can be minimized by using a squeegee after each use. To remove soap scum, use a non-acidic soap scum remover or a solution of ammonia and water (about 1/2 cup ammonia to a gallon of water). Frequent or over-use of an ammonia solution may eventually dull the surface of the stone.

Other Surfaces

Clean stone surfaces with a few drops of neutral cleaner or a mild liquid dishwashing detergent and warm water. Use a clean rag mop on floors and a soft cloth for other surfaces for best results. Too much cleaner or soap may leave a film and cause streaks. Do not use products that contain lemon, vinegar or other acids on marble or limestone. Rinse the surface thoroughly after washing with the soap solution and dry with a soft cloth. Change the rinse water frequently. Do not use scouring powders or creams; these products contain abrasives that may scratch the surface.


  • Dust Frequently
  • Clean surface with neutral based cleaner or mild detergent
  • Rinse thoroughly and dry after washing
  • Blot spills immediately
  • Protect high usage areas


  • NEVER use vinegar, lemon juice, CLR, Limeaway, or other cleaners containing acid on marble, onyx, travertine, and/or limestone
  • NEVER use bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners, or tub & tile cleaners
  • NEVER use soft scrub or powdered cleaners
  • NEVER use ammonia type sprays or cleaners
  • NEVER use scrubby pads
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