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Cleaning and Caring For Your Stone Surface

Granite

Granite is a very durable, natural material ideal for kitchen worktops, bathroom surfaces, fireplace fire surrounds and hearths, and flooring, perfect for busy family homes and businesses. It comes in a wide variety of colours – whites, blacks, greys, greens, blues, pinks, browns, golds, creams, oranges, and is easy to clean and maintain. 


​CLEAN AND CARE TIPS​
SEAL IT - whilst granite is relatively non-porous compared to its softer sisters marble and limestone, it’s still important to seal any granite surface to help boost its stain resisting properties. Your kitchen fitter or stone mason should ensure that their product is correctly sealed before fitting; however it’s always worth double checking yourself. You can then reseal your top every 1-2 years to really stop the staining. We recommend Dry Treat’s Stain Proof Plus, you can find a list of their stockists here


CLEAN IT - Clean it with a gentle, surface cleaner, ideally PH neutral. Avoid bleaches and other harsh cleaning chemicals which can lift layers of seal from your granite.


BUFF IT - Granite's can appear dull or smeary over time so we recommend lightly polishing your granite top once a week

with a stone polisher, our favourite is ‘Granite Clean and Sheen’ which you can buy from us for £21.60 inc VAT, get in touch

 to order yours.


DURABILITY (OUT OF 5)
Durability Rating: 5
Can I put a hot pan on it? Yes
Will it stain if I chop beetroot on it? No
Will it leave visible scratches if I chop on it? No
Is it susceptible to watermarks? No
Can it be made water tight? Yes​​​​



​​​​Marble

Marble is more porous than granite and quartz but with proper care and attention, a marble worktop, bathroom surface or staircase can look beautiful for years and years. ​

CLEAN AND CARE TIPS​
SEAL IT -  This is particularly important with marble as it's more porous than harder stones like granite meaning it can stain more easily, including water marks. Your stone mason should ensure that their product is correctly sealed before fitting; however it’s always worth double checking yourself. You can then reseal your marble surface every 1-2 years to really stop the staining. We recommend Dry Treat’s Stain Proof Plus, you can find a list of their stockists here


CLEAN IT - Clean it with a gentle, surface cleaner, ideally PH neutral. Avoid bleaches and other harsh cleaning chemicals which can lift layers of seal from your marble. Use a gentle cloth when cleaning, do not use a scourer pad which will scratch the surface and remove sealer. 


BUFF IT - Marble can appear dull or smeary over time so we recommend lightly polishing your marble top once a week with a stone polisher, our favourite is ‘Granite Clean and Sheen’ which you can buy from us for £21.60 inc VAT, get in touch to order yours.


​DURABILITY (OUT OF 5)
Durability Rating: 3.5

Can I put a hot pan on it? Yes
Will it stain if I chop beetroot on it? Yes
Will it leave visible scratches if I chop on it? No
Can it be made water tight? Yes







​​Composite Quartz

Composite quartz is a man-made or engineered surface developed to be a durable surface for busy homes and businesses. It consists of crushed quartz, the second most common mineral on Earth, mixed with resins to create a huge variety of textures and colours. There are a huge number of brands who make and supply composite quartz and so each come with slightly different durability properties. If you have any questions or concerns Coulon Stone can contact the manufacturer for you. 


CLEAN AND CARE TIPS​
CLEAN IT - Because composite quartz is made from resin it's non-porous and doesn't need to be sealed. Clean it with a gentle, surface cleaner, ideally PH neutral. Avoid bleaches and other harsh cleaning chemicals which can damage the surface. Use a gentle cloth when cleaning, do not use a scourer pad which could scratch the surface. 


BUFF IT - Quartz can appear dull or smeary from cleaners so we recommend lightly polishing your quartz once a week with a stone polisher, our favourite is ‘Granite Clean and Sheen’ which you can buy from us for £21.60 inc VAT, get in touch to order yours.​


DURABILITY (OUT OF 5)
Durability Rating: 5

Can I put a hot pan on it? No
Will it stain if I chop beetroot on it? It shouldn’t but Coulon Stone can

confirm with the manufacturer
Will it leave visible scratches if I chop on it? No
Can it be made water tight? Yes




Slate

Slate is perfect for bathroom surfaces including shower trays and floor tiles because of it's non-slip texture, but slate is a strong and sturdy natural material that can also work very well as a rustic kitchen worktop or fire surround. 


CLEAN AND CARE TIPS​
SEAL IT - As slate is a natural stone it must be sealed to decrease the chances of staining and scratching. Your stone mason should ensure that their product is correctly sealed before fitting; however it’s always worth double checking yourself. You can then reseal your slate surface every 1-2 years to really stop the staining. We recommend Dry Treat’s Stain Proof Plus, you can find a list of their stockists here


CLEAN IT - Clean it with a gentle, surface cleaner, ideally PH neutral. Avoid bleaches and other harsh cleaning chemicals which can lift layers of seal from your slate. Use a gentle cloth when cleaning, do not use a scourer pad which will scratch the surface and remove sealer.


DURABILITY (OUT OF 5)
Durability Rating: 3-4

Can I put a hot pan on it? Yes
Will it stain if I chop beetroot on it? No, however oily

foods can
Will it leave visible scratches if I chop on it? Some yes,

particularly if polished
Can it be made water tight? Yes​​







​​Limestone

Limestone is more porous than granite and quartz, however works well in bathrooms and fire surrounds which are less exposed to staining. 


CLEAN AND CARE TIPS​
BRUSH - Brush away dust, that might be enough to inject some life. 

SEAL IT - As limestone is a natural stone, and a more porous one, it must be sealed to decrease the chances of staining and scratching. Your stone mason should ensure that their product is correctly sealed before fitting; however it’s always worth double checking yourself. You can then reseal your limestone surface every 1-2 years to really stop the staining. We recommend Dry Treat’s Stain Proof Plus, you can find a list of their stockists here. 


CLEAN IT - similarly to marble, don’t use household cleaning products or bleaches, they irritate the stone making it more susceptible to staining and scratching. Instead, use a gentle, pH neutral cleaner and soft cloth. Do not use scourers or sponges which will scratch it and remove the sealer.


DURABILITY (OUT OF 5)
Durability Rating: 3-4

Can I put a hot pan on it? Yes
Will it stain if I chop beetroot on it? Yes
Will it leave visible scratches if I chop on it? Yes it is

likely too
Can it be made water tight? Yes

































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