Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Classy, stylish and luxurious— these are words that get traded to describe home interiors lit up by marble stone floors. Marble flooring is one of the most expensive types not only because of its beauty, but also because of its reputation for durability. Unfortunately, though quite durable and long-lasting, even the strongest stone types eventually bear the marks of wear as they age. With proper maintenance and care, however, marble stone flooring can retain its aesthetic value, as well as outlast generations. Know the top three causes of damage to stone flooring, and take steps to see where you can minimize further harm to your floor: 1. Organic stains. Marbles are porous stones and are especially susceptible to staining when unsealed. According to GSA.gov, organic matter like tea, coffee, and animal droppings may leave residues within the stone even when all dirt on the surface have been removed.
Monday, August 3, 2015
A lot of people praise vinegar and its cleaning prowess, at times even being hailed as a “miracle cleaner.” Well, frankly, why wouldn’t it be? It’s all-natural and toxin-free, cheap, and above all, it cleans almost every surface like a charm. Now, the keyword here is almost. It was mentioned because, for all of vinegar’s cleaning charms, there are certain surfaces simply not meant to come into contact with it at any given time. Here are a few of them. Natural Stone Surfaces – Carolyn Forte, Good Housekeeping Research Institute’s resident expert, advocate against using vinegar in cleaning natural stone surfaces, such as marble, due to one reason: the acid in the substance can literally etch natural stone. In addition, vinegar can also cause natural stone surfaces to pit and corrode, according to the Marble Institute. In order to avoid this, cleaning marble is best left to marble polishing professionals or companies, like Brilliant Marble, Inc., which serves the Miami area.