Luxury finishes exude style and class. They also demand an educated touch when it comes to keeping them clean and well maintained. You can’t simply clean these beautiful finishes with just any product or tool. The following will cover some of the most common luxury finishes and relay how to properly maintain them in a safe manner:
Maintaining Your Luxury Finishes
How to Maintain Marble:
Marble is a porous stone that is either finished in high polish or matte. Wiping up spills that contain small debris can lead to scratching. Therefore, to keep your marble finish looking its best, use trays or coasters to protect your marble’s surface. If you do spill something on marble, clean it up quickly, making sure you don’t pull debris across the surface. Do not allow a spill to seep into the material.
- The Right Product for the Job: Marble does not tolerate traditional cleaning products. Ideally, you should use only water to clean a spill. If you need something stronger to remove a spill, use something mild, like dish liquid. Make sure anything you use is pH neutral.
- The Right Tool for the Job: If you have marble floors, you might wonder how to properly clean them. Ideally, mop your marble floors with a damp (not wet) mop in an S pattern. Be sure to sweep up any loose debris before mopping, and go over your mopped floors with a dry mop or cloth afterward to remove excess moisture.
How to Maintain Granite
This is a beautiful material often used on shower walls and floors as well as bathroom and kitchen countertops. When cleaning marble, however, specific products are required.
- The Right Product for the Job: Avoid acidic cleaners for granite as the acidity can cause etching on the stone. Dish liquid or other pH neutral cleaners are ideal.
- The Right Tool for the Job: Be sure to use a non-scratching sponge or a microfiber cloth to clean spills off your granite as other tools might cause scratching. Wipe in an S pattern with a damp microfiber cloth, then buff with a dry cloth to remove streaks.
How to Maintain Slate
Slate is a beautiful natural stone. Unfortunately, it also tends to scratch easily and is porous, making it susceptible to staining.
- The Right Product for the Job: You need a specialty cleaner made for stone to remove soap scum and other residue from slate, which you can find by looking for cleaners that are safe on stone. Avoid acidic cleaners on this material as well. Dish liquid or castile soap is ideal for cleaning slate floors.
- The Right Tool for the Job: Use a soft microfiber mop or a clean microfiber or cotton cloth to clean slate. This is of course after you sweep the floor free of debris with a nylon bristle broom. If you have slate in your shower, consider using a squeegee regularly to prevent soap scum buildup.
By following the tips above, you will ensure your luxury finishes remain beautiful for years to come.