DO – Dust mop floors frequently
DO – Clean floors with pH neutral cleaner or stone soap
DO – Blot up spills immediately
DO – Call a professional stone restoration company about any problems
DON’T – Don’t use vinegar as a cleaner; the acid will etch the stone
DON’T – Don’t use cleaners that contain acid such as grout cleaners or tub & tile cleaners
DON’T – Don’t use abrasive cleaners such as dry cleansers or soft cleansers


Dust mop! Dust mop! Dust mop!

Sand, dirt and grit do the most damage to natural surfaces. Use a clean non-treated dry dust mop at least two or three times a day in high traffic areas and less often in low traffic areas.

Walk-off mats inside and outside an entrance will help to minimize sand, dirt and grit that will scratch and dull the stone’s surface.


Clean polished and unpolished natural stone surfaces daily in high traffic areas. Use a clean rayon or cotton string mop with cold or warm water and a good quality neutral cleaner, stone soap, or diluted methylated spirits.

Follow the directions for the cleaner carefully; too much may leave a film and cause streaks.


Stone floors exposed to water and spills should be protected with a silicone penetrating sealer. Tables and countertops should also be protected with a paste wax to protect the stone against water rings and spotting.


Blot the spill with a paper towel; don’t wipe-it will spread the spill.

Flush the area with plain water and stone soap and rinse several times. Repeat several times if necessary.

If the stain remains, a chemical poultice may be required. Check our page on removing stains and follow the directions.


Restoration calls for the knowledge and expertise of a professional. With regular maintenance, natural stone surfaces may not have to be restored or refinished for several years.

But when it’s time for new life for your natural stone surfaces, call on a professional in stone restoration and refinishing.