Stone Care

Interior Natural Stone

Sealing

Natural look sealers provide oil and water stain repellency, While leaving the stone and grouts appearance unaltered. It is recommended to re-apply this type of sealer ever 3-5 years, such as Clear Guard or Select Seal. In areas sealed with a natural look sealer make sure to use coasters and area rugs when applicable, and to clean up spills immediatedly.

Enhancement sealers enrich the colors already in the natural stone while giving maximum protection against oil & water based stains, as well as UV protection against fading. Use Reveal & Seal to enhance the beauty of your natural stone, such as marble, granite, slate, limestone, travertine, quartzite, and sandstone.

Glossy sealers such as Shine & Seal give the stone a shiny wet appearance while protecting the stone from the harshest types of stains. With UV protection this type os sealer can be used both indoors and outdoors.

Cleaning

While sealers can help protect your natural stone it is also important to clean and maintain them properly.

  • Vacuum and sweep frequently, be careful of attachments that could possibly scratch the surface.
  • Use a cleaner specific to stone such as Modern Clean. Do not overuse the cleaning product.
  • Use a string mop and avoid the use of sponge mops or any type of mop that will push the dirt down into the grout lines, pores, or other characteristics of the stone.
  • Rinse mopped areas thoroughly, make sure to change the water frequently.

Ensure that your natural stone is sealed. Use caution with any type of acidic products such as toothpaste, mouthwash, orange juice, and coffee, just to name a few, on and around your counter tops. Clean tough dirt and greasy areas with Modern Clean. For everyday cleaning use Fusion which will add to the life of your sealer. To really bring back the shine to your polished stone surface use Radiance periodically

To minimize build up of soap scum and water deposits use a squeegee after use. Clean areas with Fusion.

Exterior natural stone

SEALING

The transformation of backyards and patios from a simple space to a private family retreat has prompted an increase in a variety of different stone and masonry materials. The outdoor living area has become an expression of feelings, whether it be a quiet oasis for reflection and serenity, or dramatic and exciting to parallel the fun and busy activities of today’s family.

In the outdoor environment, sealing just the top of stone or concrete will not properly ensure any long-term protection from the types of degrading intrusions that they will be subject to. Elements like acid rain, ultra violet sunlight, chloride ion, salt and high alkali intrusion can penetrate and degrade natural stone, cement or masonry without proper protection. Modern Stone’s Preserve has a unique chemistry actually strengthens and seals the stone, locking in its beauty for years to come.

CLEANING

Often, preventative care such as regularly cleaning your outdoor stone is all that is necessary it looking beautiful for the years to come. Dirt and dust alone can make your surfaces look weathered before their time.

Modern Stone’s cleaners are designed specifically to be effective and safe on all types of outdoor natural stone and masonry surfaces. Use Modern Clean to thoroughly clean your outdoor surface, and Balance to maintain its beauty on a regular basis. For tougher organic-based staining, use our Stain Away to get the job done.

To learn more about how to protect your outdoor surfaces click here

Ceramic Tile & Grout

While ceramic tile is extremely durable and will last for decades, the grout between the tiles is very porous and will readily absorb dirt and spills.

New grout can be professionally protected using a specialized process called color sealing. Color sealing provides the highest degree of stain protection and greatly reduces the maintenance required to keep tile and grout looking clean and fresh.

While the color sealer is a durable coating, the use of harsh cleaners or abrasives will diminish the life of the Color Seal protection.

  • Use only neutral pH tile and grout cleaners such as Balance on protected grout. Do not use cleaning products that contain acids, vinegar, ammonia, or bleach.
  • Use a string mop and avoid the use of sponge mops or any type of mop that will push the dirt down into the grout lines.
  • Rinse mopped areas thoroughly.

To see our Care Guide click here (PDF)