Allied Marble, Inc 5219 Fourth Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98108 | Telephone: 206-453-2766 | Fax: 206-763-1311 E-mail: info@alliedmarbleinc.com
Allied marble

EXCELLENT SERVICE AND STONE SELECTION, 5 STAR REVIEWS AND FAIR PRICING SINCE 1982 • (206) 453-2766

CARING FOR YOUR NATURAL STONE TOPS

bathroom-stone-care-seattle-waTo maintain the beauty of your stone products, follow the guidelines bellow:

*Protect surfaces from scratching, staining, and etching by

1. Keeping them free of debris or sharp objects.
2. Wiping up spills immediately with a soft cloth and warm water.
3. Avoiding contact with chemicals, particularly acid-based.

To clean your natural stone, we recommend using warm water and a soft cloth. Avoid chemicals (Windex, Pledge, etc.) to keep the stone’s color as natural as possible.

Granite is usually too tough to polish by hand, if scratches do occur, they will need to be resurfaced by a professional.

If your stone has a deep stain, a poultice can be used. A poultice is a paste like compound that is applied to the stain and immediately covered with a plastic wrap. The wrap should be removed 24-48 hours later. The poultice acts as a sponge and will draw the stain into the paste. After, the surface can be cleaned and sealed.

*After a period of use, apply a penetrating sealer to prevent contaminants from being absorbed into the stone.

We recommend sealing your natural stone every 6 month, although in some cases every 3 months. 511 Impregnator (Home Depot sells this product) works very well, as well as Dupont StoneTech Professional sealer. If sealing a limestone avoid sealer with a color enhancer as it will darken the stone. Both sealers come with easy to follow directions but feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding the process.

*Renew the surface of polished marble or granite (marble or granite with a high gloss surface) by buffing with stone polishing powders or creams. DO NOT use marble or granite polish on matte finish, which has been honed rather than polished. (Penetrating sealer may be used on both polished and honed finishes.)

 

CARING FOR YOUR FLOOR AND BATHROOM SHOWER

stone-floor-care-seattle-waOn the floor: light cleaning with warm water and dust mopping will prevent scratches from occurring. In the bathroom showers we recommend using a squeegee on the walls as often as possible to prevent scum and water build-up. If you do have a build-up of water deposits a soft brush and warm water will help to break down the scum. If the problem area is large, a single edge razor blade will take off the surface scum very quickly.

We do not recommend chemicals being used on the stone because of possible discolorations over time. (i.e. Windex, Pledge, etc.) Follow the basic cleaning and sealing instructions as listed above.


CARING FOR YOUR QUARTZ COUNTERTOPS

natural-stone-care-seattle-waQuartz is a hard nonporous surface that is extremely low maintenance. Following the simple instructions bellow will keep your countertop looking like new for many years to come.

Clean the surface with soap and warm water or mild detergent. For stubborn spots, use a soft cloth or a non-scratch scrub pad, and a mild non-abrasive cleanser, with a neutral PH. For dried residue, a flat object such as a plastic putty knife can be used to gently scrape off the foreign material.

Honed, leather or textured finishes will show signs of daily living more than the polished finish and will require more frequent maintenance.

Use a trivet or a hot pad when setting down a hot object to avoid thermal shock. Direct contact with extremely high heat can cause damage.