STOP! Before you spray that cleaner on that surface you better know what’s in that bottle, what types of material it’s designed to clean and what type of surface you’re about to spray it on. Alkaline-based cleaners are designed to work on your natural stone. Acid-based products are for your manmade materials like ceramic and porcelain tile. Unfortunately, acid-based cleaners are pretty unforgiving if they are used on the wrong surface.
The number one question we get here at Clean-eez is can Grout-eez be used on natural stone? The answer is no, it can’t. Grout-eez is an acid-based cleaner specifically designed to clean ceramic and porcelain tile only. But don’t worry! We have the perfect product for your natural stone, too. It’s easy to remember, because stone is right in the name. Choose Stone-eez for your marble, slate, granite, travertine, limestone and more.
If It Foams, You Have Natural Stone!
How do you know if your floor is a natural stone or manmade surface? Find a small, inconspicuous spot like in a closet or under your cabinet’s toe kick. Apply a small drop of Grout-eez. If it starts to foam, you have natural stone, so wipe the Grout-eez right up. Grout-eez reacts with the calcium compounds in the stone and will dull its shine. If left in contact with the stone long enough, it will even etch right into the material.
If Grout-eez or any acidic substance should come into contact with your natural stone floor and remove the finish, the only remedy is to have the floor polished out. You’ll need to do the whole floor to make sure it has the same sheen and brightness across the entire surface.
Hard Truths About Countertops
Natural stone remains the most popular choice for countertops. Marble and granite are both sensitive to acids, but to varying degrees. Marble is the most expensive surface and the most susceptible to etching. Everyday items like wine, lemon juice and other acidic items will damage the stone. Granite is more permeable, however, making it likelier to absorb spills and become discolored.
Obviously, we use our countertops for food preparation, so keeping them away from substances that can harm them is nearly impossible.
But there are things you can do:
- Use a cutting board with a boundary well for collecting juices.
- Wipe up spills promptly and use a pH-neutral, stone-safe cleaner.
- Have your countertops sealed to prevent staining. Please note that sealants do not offer protection against etching, though.
If your countertop is stained, our Stain Elimination Application may help. Give us a call and we’ll help you determine your best solution.
Count on Clean-eez for Rock-Solid Advice About How to Clean Your Stone Surfaces
Thanks for using Clean-eez products. Remember to match the cleaner to the type of surface you’re trying to clean. Using the wrong product isn’t just ineffective; it can do harm.