THE MAIN STAGES OF THE CARE OF STONE
Primary care of the stone is reduced to the basic procedures - cleaning, protection and daily care. Any recommendations on cleaning frequency and protect to be very difficult. But they are usually carried out simultaneously with the overall cleanup activities (once a week for cleaning and once in 3 - 5 years of protection). As a detergent it is strongly recommended not to use detergents, non-detergents or regular soap: whitish plaque on the stone surface after such processing is practically guaranteed.Simply wash clean with water.To care for the stone, there are special liquids with a neutral pH (also called slops or cleaning). With regular maintenance simply wash the granite with clean water with the addition of єtih means low concentration(1:20).
When significant contamination it is necessary to use these drugs in stronger concentrations. These solutions dissolve and remove the dirt and form a thin surface protective layer, which subsequently facilitates further treatments stone. Protection Usually protective agents protect the stone veneer from a lot of trouble from the penetration into the pores of paints, oils, grease, smog, mold, coffee, wine, fruit juices, food acids, beverage, moisture, cosmetics... For household use there is a universal polymeric liquids (including components, natural wax), which serve as both protection and Polish. They don't change the color of the stone does not form a film and, when used correctly do not leave any traces. For colored granite and marble, there are special drugs with the effect of "revival" colors. The color of the stone after application of these compositions becomes deeper and more intense. All protective equipment is quite simple to use. Typically, the undiluted composition is uniformly applied with a swab to the surface as long as the stone veneer will not cease to absorb the liquid. Then after 15-20 minutes and remove the remains of a stone rubbed with a dry cloth until a mirror Shine.
PARTICULAR CARE FOR POLISHED AND UNPOLISHED STONE
In addition to the General rules related to purification and protection stone, it is necessary to remember that the polished and unpolished surfaces have different maintenance requirements. In the first case, the drug should be mirror finish material, the second is to emphasize its color and texture (so-called effect of "wet stone"). Since ancient times to give a polished stone mirror gloss is made of natural beeswax. It is used for these purposes today in a number of means. Usually it is colorless polishes in two types-liquid and paste-like. Liquid compounds are used mainly for manual surface treatment, and paste, - used in machine method. These drugs are applied as tarnishing polishing, but also during General cleanings, or prior to arrival of guests, when the house is bring perfect order. For the manifestation of the effect of "wet stone" on the color of unpolished marbles, there are polishes that also protect the coating from moisture, dirt and destruction. At first, you can use them every six months. But since they have a cumulative effect, then you can apply them once a year. For the treatment of small, mostly unpolished surfaces (countertops, window sills) it is recommended that silicone Polish that emphasizes the effect of "wet stone". There are also formulations with special additives, which create the effect of snow.
There are special means to care for stone. These include various mastics, closing the pores and cracks in the stone, various reinforcing fillers and polishes. However, most of these tools are intended primarily for professional use and are unlikely to need daily care for stone in a residential area. Actually, as practice shows, in 90% of cases treatment of stone surfaces in private interiors is reduced to regular cleaning. Of course, provided that the stone is properly selected, Packed and properly maintained.