When it comes to making practical choices for stone surfaces, granite is a hard and therefore less porous and chemically sensitive stone than most of its peers, including marble.
Granite is therefore less prone to show wear and tear. However, like all stone surfaces, it can still be ‘etched’ by acids, including those contained in everyday liquids such as soft drinks and juices. It can also absorb oils and become stained, marring its appealing texture and look.
Seemingly small precautions make a big difference when it comes to protecting granite surfaces. Preventative measures include using coasters under drinks, placing mats under items that may scratch, wiping surfaces regularly to remove debris, washing them with a stone soap or pHneutral cleaner, and drying immediately after spills.
All the above approaches will extend the life of a granite surface. However, attending to areas that have already become stained or succumbed to standing water, mildew, mould or chemical substances is another matter.
The best time to treat stone surfaces is actually before or at least just after construction of a building is completed. That way, protective sealants can be applied in a professional manner using precise amounts for the right amount of time, while carefully protecting bordering materials, in addition to the stone surfaces themselves.
Consulting with a professional company such as The Stone Doctor Co., Ltd. on Phuket is therefore advisable, either during installation, or as an effective way to treat granite surfaces and restore them to their original state if protective treatments were not applied during installation.
DIY methods can permanently ruin stone surfaces, especially if chemicals are not applied, timed and removed carefully. Different substances and techniques are employed for granite, marble, sandstone, terrazzo and sandwash, all of which require professional knowledge and skills.
Using cleaning substances without expert knowledge can dull the surface of granite, which may then require the application of a stone-polishing agent. Unfortunately, such agents and topical sealants can cause permanent damage to the surfaces if they are not applied with professional care.
Such precision work is best left to experienced professionals who do such work on a daily basis. The use of natural stone in residential or commercial properties is an investment in quality that should be protected. Take good care of your investment, and it will last a lifetime, perhaps even several lifetimes.
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