Stone design features in the bathroom make it look timeless. Your bathroom will look sleek and luxurious – but how do you keep it that way? Today, we’re running you through some simple tips to maintain various stone features, from stone countertops to baths.
- Wipe down after every use. Water with high levels of mineral content is known as ‘hard water’. If you live in an area that has hard water, you should ensure you wipe down your sink with a soft cloth after every use. This will prevent the buildup of minerals and sediments, which eventually prevents staining.
- Avoid pouring coloured liquids down the sink. Coloured liquids – such as fruit juice, hair dye or nail polish – will stain your stone sink. Anything with a high level of sodium will also damage your sink.
- Seal your sink. Depending on the stone, your sink may need to be sealed as often as once a month. Generally, closed grain sinks need annual sealing, while open grain sinks need sealing once a month. Speak to your manufacturer if you are unsure how often sealing needs to be done; staying on top of this will help protect the integrity of your sink.
- Rinse and wipe down the bath after every use. If left, sediments such as soap scum and minerals can discolour your stone. To prevent the buildup of these sediments, you should rinse your bath with plain water after each use. Dry the water with a soft towel as well.
- Use a non-abrasive soap. When cleaning your bathtub, simple dishwashing liquids will suffice. Stronger cleaners (such as Jif) can affect the integrity of the stone’s finish or colour.
- Treat scratches. If you find that your stone bath has scratches, treatment may vary depending on the severity of the damage, as well as the type and finish of the stone. However, most minor scratches can be treated similarly.
Stone shower cladding
- Look into getting a steam cleaner. Steam cleaners are ideal for flat surfaces such as tiles. They are fantastic because they are typically chemical-free, yet they effectively clean the stone and grout using steam.
- Use a squeegee. Soap scum is a combination of soap, skin cells and water that dries on the walls of your shower. To prevent the buildup of soap scum, wipe down with a squeegee after every shower.
- Stay away from ammonia and vinegar. Distilled white vinegar contains powerful acid that can actually break down the sealants in your shower. It can even discolour the stone. Products containing ammonia have a similarly damaging effect on your shower. Avoid them altogether and stick to simple detergents or better yet, warm water.
- Avoid harsh cleaning tools. When cleaning your stone benchtop, always opt for soft cleaning tools. These can include soft sponges, microfibre cloths, squeegees or a Chux. To contrast, tools like steel wool and hard bristle brushes should be avoided at all costs. Tools like these that are harsh will ultimately scratch the stone.
- Use a holder for your curler or straightener. While most types of stones are heat-resistant (such as granite), it’s always a good idea to get a stand or holder for your hairstyling tools. This way, you won’t have to worry about ruining your stone if, for example, you forget to turn the device off.
- Use simple cleaning products. In most cases, warm water on its own is fine when cleaning your stone countertop. If needed, use a light dishwashing liquid. Products that are abrasive can damage the surface of the stone.
Stone floor or tiles
- Sweep first. Always remember to give the floor a thorough dry mop before applying any other cleaning products. Always use a mop, squeegee or similarly soft tool – avoid hard bristles. Often, this will remove most of the dust and dirt, making your job much easier while also protecting the stone.
- Use felt pads to protect floors. If you happen to have anything that stands on the floor and is not fixed to it (such as a towel rack), you should use felt pads under the legs. This will protect the stone against scratching.
- Polish your floors. In high traffic areas like the bathroom, stone flooring should be polished at a fairly frequent rate. This protects the stone from scratches while keeping it looking fresh and new. Polishing should be done by a professional, however, to protect the floor in the meantime, you should use rugs or mats.
At Stone Design Group, we offer beautiful stone design features for your bathroom. We work with you to create your dream bathroom that will last the test of time. Don’t hesitate to give us a call on 03 9498 3444 to discuss your stone design ideas.