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Marble, limestone & travertine maintenance

Marble, limestone and travertine are quarried products. Color and shade variations, irregular markings, voids, pitting, veins and differences in density are to be expected to some degree. They're part of the natural beauty of stone and will not impair the function or wearing qualities of the material. They can be easily repaired by your installing contractor or fabricator.

Perfomance
Select a stone and a finish appropriate for your application. TxD furnishes mostly honed finishes because they wear better and are easier to maintain.

Protection
After installation and cleanup, protect the stone work and joints from construction dirt until job completion. Use cardboard or Kraft paper.

Sealing
Before placing the floor in service, we usually recommend sealing with a high-quality impregnating sealer that penetrates the stone while still allowing it to breathe. Some sealers reduce moisture and dirt absorption, some protect against oils and some enhance color. The buyer should discuss their application with us or with another trade professional.

Routine maintenance
Sweep or vacuum your stone regularly to prevent loose dirt from abrading your floor surface. Consider floor mats inside and outside of exterior entryways. Wipe or mop your stone with warm water or ph-balanced neutral cleaners. Rinse the surface thoroughly after cleaning.

Avoid
Harsh chemicals, scouring powders, and acidic cleaners like vinegar and strong alkaline cleaners can scratch or mar the surface of your stone.

Spills & stains
Clean up spills promptly because they are a slip fall hazard and are difficult to remove after they have set.  

Countertops – Citrus drinks, cola, red wine and acidic foods like oranges and tomatoes can etch polished stones and leave stains. Don't place hot items like pots and pans on your counters either. We recommend the use of coasters on countertops.
Showers — Squeegees help prevent alkaline and soap scum buildup.
Poultices — Poultices are useful in removing stains caused by liquids seeping into stone. The poultice is composed of a paste and an agent, which dissolves the stain and draws it out of the stone. The agent selected will depend on the type of stain.
Refinishing kits — Refinishing kits are used to bring back the shine when liquids have etched or dulled the stone surface.

Periodic maintenance
Occasional application of a stone polish or top finish may be desired, to restore surface luster and help protect against scratches, spills and stains. Large surface areas, such as flooring, are often best cared for by a professional maintenance company.

Tile By Design carries a complete line of cleaning and sealing products for natural stone.